MEDIA RELEASE: Dawkins Park

For several years Council has received ongoing complaints about the poor state of Dawkins Lake which is located in the centre of Macksville next to the Caltex Service Station and between the Pacific Highway and the Council’s Administration Centre in Princess Street.

Council has allocated Environmental Levy funds to investigate potential improvements to Dawkins Lake with a particular focus on water quality.

Mayor Rhonda Hoban said, ‘a draft concept plan for the Park has been prepared which examines how the community interacts with the space at present and into the future. A particular focus of the plan has been the opportunities for improved environmental management.’

Staff engaged a landscape architect to prepare the plan which can viewed on Councils website. The plan examines typical urban design matters such as connectivity, views, use, open space as well as the role the area may have in a post highway Macksville. Importantly, the plan highlights that Dawkins Park has a number of environmental issues that need to be addressed and it also has the potential to be developed as model for best practice environmental management and education.

The concept plan will guide the development of a plan of management for the reserve and also be used to target grant funding to support future improvements to the area.

“The Council is pleased with the result of the recently developed Macksville fun and fitness precinct including the skatepark, fitness trail, gym extension and other new facilities and I believe we have the opportunity to build on that success in a future redevelopment of Dawkins Park”, said Councillor Hoban.

The draft concept plan for Dawkins Park is presently on exhibition and is available on Council’s website for review or at the Council Chambers.  Feedback from the community is encouraged and should be directed to the:

The General Manager
PO Box 177
Macksville NSW 2447
on or before Monday 18 January 2016.


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