Crosses mark battleground in fight to save green space

THE park over the back from Coolum resident Rob Hanson's home has become the site of a last stand against a council decision to move the town's community centre.

White crosses bearing messages for Sunshine Coast Council adorn trees set to be felled at the corner of Banksia Ave and Jones Parade.

"Save our trees" and "RIP bird life" were among the messages on the dozens of crosses.

 

Mr Hanson said he noticed the crosses when driving past the park on Saturday.

He said he didn't know who put them there but he and a group of other nearby residents agreed with their sentiment.

"You can see the message that people want to save our park here," Mr Hanson said.

Councillors voted in September to relocate the Coolum Community Centre from Jack Morgan Park to the Banksia Ave site.

It was one of two options, with another location within the park also considered.

A petition with more than 1000 signatures against the move was considered in the decision but it did not stop it from happening.

Fellow nearby resident Helena Lloyd was also against the removal of trees in the wildlife corridor that stretched past the rear of her home.

She said it would make more sense to keep the community centre in the park.

"My concern is the chipping away of our green space and senseless waste of money," she said.

"What we want to do is we want he council to reconsider its decision to relocate the community centre."

Mr Hanson was disappointed with the level of community consultation in the lead up to the decision.

"We won't be giving up," he said.

A phone message was left on Sunday afternoon with Division 9 Councillor Stephen Robinson seeking comment.


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