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Cash-strapped council wants vollies to tart up park

Byron Shire Council is calling on volunteers to help restore this much-loved but well worn park. Photo contributed

Byron Shire Council is calling on volunteers to help restore this much-loved but well worn park. Photo contributed

Byron Shire Council seems to have enough money in the coffers to embark on a controversial ‘upgrade’ of Brunswick Heads’ main street but when it comes to a much-needed make-over of a local park, it’s calling on residents to come to the rescue.

The council has announced that Sunday February 28 is to be renamed ‘Beautify Bruns Day’ and it’s looking for ‘community minded green thumbs and anyone who can pitch in with a bit of elbow grease’ help out with garden planting, mulching and watering in the park next to the Brunswick Heads Library on Fingal Street.

Volunteers have even been asked to bring their own gardening tools.

Byron mayor Simon Richardson said the day would be ‘a great way to connect with the shire’s urban landscape’ adding that ‘volunteering is one of the most sustainable ways we can maintain and support civic pride.’

‘With new turf and replanting of surrounding garden beds, we’re aiming to turn this space back into a great place for local families to meet and relax,’ he said.

‘Located right next to the Library, it’s a perfect place to let little ones to have a run before heading indoor to explore the world of storytelling and fun.

‘And if we have enough time, we’ll continue planting down the street in the gardening beds.’

Mayor Richardson said support for the past three Beautify days in Byron, Bangalow and Mullum has been very encouraging.

‘Our locals genuinely want to pitch in and help out. With between 30 and 60 people showing up each, it’s a wonderful morning of community spirit and building pride in our local streets.’

BYO long sleeved shirt, enclosed shoes, hat, gloves, sunscreen, gardening tools and a bottle of water.

Volunteers will meet at the park next to the Brunswick Heads Library in Fingal Street from 8am.

If you would like to be involved, sign on here.


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