Dawkins Park Macksville – Environmental and Cultural Precinct


For several years Council has received ongoing comments from the community as to the poor status of Dawkins Park and the Lake which is located in the centre of Macksville opposite the Council Chambers in Princess Street.  To guide Council with the improvement of the park a landscape plan was prepared, exhibited and adopted by Council.

As with other public spaces in the Valley the plan emphasised the opportunities that the park may present for the community. These opportunities ranged from improved connectivity and accessibility, play spaces and importantly opportunities for education and environmental improvement. Since the original plan was developed Council has instigated several actions in the park including:
Most recently Council was successful at acquiring funding through two (2) grant programs including, Increasing Resilience to Climate Change grant and a Clubs Grant to develop the Environmental Learning Space.  Council has partnered with Local Government NSW, Department of Planning Industry and Environment, Southern Cross University and Cascade Environmental Learning Centre  to deliver the Increasing Resilience to Climate Change Program which has provided a windmill to recirculate and filter pond water through a raingarden using an ancient and renewable technology and it is also supporting the development of the space as a learning tool for students.

The Club Grants received has supported the development of infrastructure in the park to be used for Cultural and Environmental learning. It has included the construction of a new foreshore jetty, park shelters, furniture and interpretive signage (Under development)

As part the development of the space for environmental and cultural learning Council has made available several resources that can support student learning in this space. These resources are available below:
 This page is presently under development and Council may have additional information available to support the needs of teachers or students using Dawkins Park as a case study or for general learning. For further information, please contact council via email council@nambucca.nsw.gov.au.  You may also wish to discuss your project or learning needs with the Cascade Environmental Learning Centre who have been teaching curriculum based programs in the park as part of our project over the last 12 months.