Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park Arboretum upgrade

Consultation has concluded


The Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park Arboretum in Port Macquarie will be upgraded following a successful $50,000 grant application by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.

The grant has been awarded under the NSW Department of Family & Community Services - Social Housing Community Improvement Fund to renew this valuable park land.

It is located next to the Historic Cemetery and will become a hub of activity through the creation of an intergenerational community play space.

In late 2016 a month of community engagement helped gather Ideas from park users, community and the Hastings Homeless Network and The Friends of Kooloonbung Creek. From this community feedback a concept plan has now been developed including the following:

  • replace tired and old furniture with new picnic tables and park benches
  • disability friendly footpath linking social BBQ gathering areas and play areas
  • scooter circuit
  • BBQ shelter
  • new bubbler
  • play sculpture
  • pop up park Library
  • new signage with the history of the park land

Council has contributed about $100,000 from the 2016/17 general funds to the improvement of Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park and will work closely with Family and Community Services and Hastings Homeless Network to engage with both users of the space and the wider community.

A concept plan has been developed and we would like to hear your views. Have a look at the plan in the document library and share your views in the submission tab below.

For more information, contact Rebecca Doblo on (02) 6581 8111 or via email at rebecca.doblo@pmhc.nsw.gov.au





The Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park Arboretum in Port Macquarie will be upgraded following a successful $50,000 grant application by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.

The grant has been awarded under the NSW Department of Family & Community Services - Social Housing Community Improvement Fund to renew this valuable park land.

It is located next to the Historic Cemetery and will become a hub of activity through the creation of an intergenerational community play space.

In late 2016 a month of community engagement helped gather Ideas from park users, community and the Hastings Homeless Network and The Friends of Kooloonbung Creek. From this community feedback a concept plan has now been developed including the following:

  • replace tired and old furniture with new picnic tables and park benches
  • disability friendly footpath linking social BBQ gathering areas and play areas
  • scooter circuit
  • BBQ shelter
  • new bubbler
  • play sculpture
  • pop up park Library
  • new signage with the history of the park land

Council has contributed about $100,000 from the 2016/17 general funds to the improvement of Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park and will work closely with Family and Community Services and Hastings Homeless Network to engage with both users of the space and the wider community.

A concept plan has been developed and we would like to hear your views. Have a look at the plan in the document library and share your views in the submission tab below.

For more information, contact Rebecca Doblo on (02) 6581 8111 or via email at rebecca.doblo@pmhc.nsw.gov.au




Consultation has concluded
  • The Water Dragon has been released!

    about 2 years ago
    Bill and the water dragon 700x734

    The Cath Le Page Arboretum in the Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park is close to completion. The new picnic shelter, accessible BBQ, picnic setting and water bubbler have been installed. The path network that loops around the park has been completely replaced with concrete. New accessible paths are provided into the park from Gordon Street, to the public toilets and historic cemetery. Bike racks have been installed in the shape of the Eastern Great Egret- the symbol of the Friends of Kooloonbung Creek.

    The giant Water Dragon sculpture is now open for play. Low brick walls provide robust seating around the dragon, picnic shelter and at the entry. The final touches will be new entry signage on the brick walls on Gordon Street, interpretation signs displaying information and names of trees in the park and an interpretation sign about Cath Le Page who was a dedicated community member who worked tirelessly to establish the Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park from 1985.

    The work has been completed by a range of dedicated contractors including Bill Lawrence of the Natural Landscaping Company who created the Water Dragon (see photo) with paintwork by local artist Lynley Kirkness. Work for the Dole also provided valued contributions of demolition, planting and painting.

    Nearby projects enhance the area including the completion of the sandblasted artwork on the Historic Cemetery Walls and ongoing upgrades to the boardwalks throughout the Nature Park. The project was completed with $115,000 from Council’s capital works program and $50,000 grant from the Department of Family and Community Services.

    The opening event will be held on Thursday 28 September at 10.30am.

    The Cath Le Page Arboretum in the Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park is close to completion. The new picnic shelter, accessible BBQ, picnic setting and water bubbler have been installed. The path network that loops around the park has been completely replaced with concrete. New accessible paths are provided into the park from Gordon Street, to the public toilets and historic cemetery. Bike racks have been installed in the shape of the Eastern Great Egret- the symbol of the Friends of Kooloonbung Creek.

    The giant Water Dragon sculpture is now open for play. Low brick walls provide robust seating around the dragon, picnic shelter and at the entry. The final touches will be new entry signage on the brick walls on Gordon Street, interpretation signs displaying information and names of trees in the park and an interpretation sign about Cath Le Page who was a dedicated community member who worked tirelessly to establish the Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park from 1985.

    The work has been completed by a range of dedicated contractors including Bill Lawrence of the Natural Landscaping Company who created the Water Dragon (see photo) with paintwork by local artist Lynley Kirkness. Work for the Dole also provided valued contributions of demolition, planting and painting.

    Nearby projects enhance the area including the completion of the sandblasted artwork on the Historic Cemetery Walls and ongoing upgrades to the boardwalks throughout the Nature Park. The project was completed with $115,000 from Council’s capital works program and $50,000 grant from the Department of Family and Community Services.

    The opening event will be held on Thursday 28 September at 10.30am.

  • Water Dragon Sculpture coming to life at the Arboretum

    about 2 years ago
    Water dragon scuplture construction july 750x734

    Progress has been made in the development of the Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park Arboretum upgrade providing BBQ and picnic facilities, improved footpaths and gardens as well as building a large water dragon sculpture for the community to enjoy. Works are likely to be completed in August with a grand opening scheduled for September.

    Progress has been made in the development of the Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park Arboretum upgrade providing BBQ and picnic facilities, improved footpaths and gardens as well as building a large water dragon sculpture for the community to enjoy. Works are likely to be completed in August with a grand opening scheduled for September.

  • Progress on Arboretum upgrade

    over 2 years ago
    Arboretum

    During May Council has made a start on the proposed changes to the Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park Arboretum with the following being completed:

    • Concrete path loop installed (photos attached)
    • Shelters have been painted
    • Water and Power Supply for bubbler and BBQ has been installed

    During May Council has made a start on the proposed changes to the Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park Arboretum with the following being completed:

    • Concrete path loop installed (photos attached)
    • Shelters have been painted
    • Water and Power Supply for bubbler and BBQ has been installed

  • Community BBQ Friday 18 November

    almost 3 years ago
    Council arboretum engagement %28small%29

    The council project team met with the community to chat about ideas for the upgrade of the Arboretum. A big thank you to the Hastings Homeless Network for cooking up a great barbie.

    The council project team met with the community to chat about ideas for the upgrade of the Arboretum. A big thank you to the Hastings Homeless Network for cooking up a great barbie.