Dunoon residents oppose proposed green space sale
A GROUP of Dunoon residents are gearing up to fight the proposed sale of a block of council-owned vacant land by Lismore City Council.
The land is one of several small parcels of land earmarked for sale by Lismore City Council in its bid to raise funds for the Lismore Quadrangle project.
Already plans for the sale of at least one park in Lismore out of the several "pocket parks" have been halted be residents' outcries, and now Dunoon residents are having their turn.
Local resident Elaine Wood said she was hoping to lead the campaign to help the community keep the public space.
Ms Wood said she planted rainforest trees on the block with council's permission in the early 1990s with the help of Family Day Care children in her care at the time.
But she said the block had not been maintained well.
"The mowing and upkeep has (been) very poor often with waste high weeds. No wonder it is, and has not been, used," she said.
"It appears that the locals were not aware that they could 'do something' with their green space to make it their own and more usable... What is clear is the residents do not wish to lose their green space."
A Lismore City Council spokeswoman said the Cedar Drive block needed to go through a reclassification process before Council could consider selling the land.
"Council is currently preparing a reclassification proposal as part of an LEP amendment, and Cedar Drive, Dunoon, will be one of the properties included," she said.
"This proposal will go on public exhibition for at least 28 days. A public hearing will also be held so that interested residents can put their views to Council about land included within the reclassification proposal."
This process is slated to take place later this year.