Draft Concept Plan for Puckridge Park released for public comment

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29th November 2019

The City of Port Lincoln and Rotary Club of Port Lincoln are looking for community feedback on the Draft Concept Plan for Puckridge Park to help guide the staged redevelopment over the coming years. Consultation opens from Monday 2 December and goes to 30 December 2019.

The Bushland Park has outstanding views over the City and Boston Bay and has been maintained for almost 50 years by dedicated members of the Rotary Club of Port Lincoln. The park is loved by many in the community and its redevelopment must be sensitive to the past but simultaneously improved for greater activation with secured conservation for vegetation (remnant in particular) and fauna that call the park home.

The age and health of the Mallee Box in the park ensures that a wide variety of fauna, particularly birds, reptiles and small mammals including pygmy possums and micro-bats call the park home. Away from the tracks and recreational areas are intact remnant spear and wallaby grass which provide a wonderful window to the past. Thirty-six species considered to be a natural part of the remnant vegetation have been recorded in the park.

Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Rufus said “Puckridge Park demonstrates the balancing act between people, nature and recreational space”.

“This project is an example of Council and Rotary working together to ensure we achieve a sustainable park redevelopment that promotes and protects the park for future generations.”

Council recognises the lack of destination play spaces in the region and the benefits they make for liveability and visitation. “We need to work harder for our community on the public realm, and our parks, gardens and play spaces are tired and in much need of reinvigoration for our community to come together and enjoy”, said Mayor Brad Flaherty.

The community are invited to provide comment on the Draft Puckridge Park Concept Plan prepared by Oxigen landscape consultants in conjunction with the City of Port Lincoln and Rotary Club of Port Lincoln. Community feedback is essential to help shape the direction for the redevelopment. The City of Port Lincoln will consider feedback received from the community and then work to establish a staged approach to the redevelopment. Funding partners will be sought.

Rotary of Port Lincoln and Council invite you to a BBQ at Puckridge Park on Sunday 8 December from 12pm to 2pm.  Everyone is welcome to come and talk to your local Rotary members and Council staff about the proposed concept plan and any ideas you may have.

A display will be set up at the Rotary Gallery in the Nautilus Arts Centre for the community to come and have a look at the draft concept plan during the month of December.

Copies of the draft concept plan and a survey to record views can be obtained by visiting www.portlincoln.sa.gov.au or Council’s Office in the Civic Centre and Port Lincoln Library.

For more information on the project contact Council’s Strategic Projects Officer, Cathy Baily on 8621 2349 or email cathy.baily@plcc.sa.gov.au.

All media enquiries to be directed to the undersigned on 8621 2325 or via email plcc@plcc.sa.gov.au.

Stephen Rufus
Chief Executive Officer

Release Date:     29 November 2019