Park upgrade back in the running
LISMORE City councillors this week held true to their promise of going ahead with the second stage of the redevelopment of Nesbitt Park as soon as funds became available.
Councillors on Tuesday night unanimously voted to disregarded a staff report that suggested the popular park should only be a ‘back up’ for funds recently made available under the third tranche of the Federal Government’s community infrastructure program.
Instead, councillors moved Nesbitt Park up the list which means work will start within six months and be completed by December next year at the latest.
“Anything that happens in that park is a good outcome,” councillor Vanessa Ekins, who moved the motion on Tuesday night, said yesterday.
“I remember living in South Lismore as a mum with young kids and there was nowhere for them to play.”
Stage Two of the park’s upgrade was deferred in April when councillors were forced to go through the budget line by line to find savings and realised it could not be funded without a government grant.
Stage One, costing $398,000, was officially opened this month. It includes a playground, a half basketball court and cricket nets.
The council’s community services officer – sport and recreation, James Voght, said the $200,000 second stage would include a new car park and a one kilometre walking and running track.
The track, which is modelled on the popular ‘tan’ track that circles Melbourne’s Botanic Garden, will be made of a substance similar to ground granite.
He said the soft paving would reduce jarring of knees as people pounded the track. Exercise stations will also be installed around the track.
Other projects given the go-ahead were the $200,000 refurbishment of the City Hall Dance studio, including the installation of a new sprung floor to replace the second-hand one that has been in use for about a decade. New air-conditioning will also be installed to replace the system that broke down earlier this year.
People confined to wheelchairs will also get a new $50,000 access ramp at the rear entrance to Lismore Library.
The staff proposal to upgrade the Gordon Pavilion at Oakes Oval now tops the list of back-up projects.
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