ACF branch calls for retention of playground and tree
The Central Coast branch of the Australian Conservation Foundation has called for the retention of both the Pelican Park playground and the cypress tree growing in the park.
"Both the tree and various versions of the play equipment have lived in harmony for the past 40 years, and both should be retained," said branch president Mr Mark Ellis.
"This tree has grown in this position for over 40 years, is an excellent specimen tree providing shade in summer and allows the sun to shine through in the winter, as it is a deciduous conifer and is an excellent feature tree.
"The play space on Brick Wharf Rd should be maintained with the funds allocated in the Operational Plan"
Mr Ellis said the branch had submitted three formal freedom of information requests to Central Coast Council.
The first asked for the arborist or horticultural report relating to the tree which is located in the Pelican Park at Woy Woy next to the play space, which the council intended to remove.
The second was a request for the report declaring the play space in Pelican Park unsafe and any documents relating to that.
The third asked for a copy of the report in relation to Pelican Park and any community consultation undertaken where the community had requested the park be removed.
Mr Ellis said: "Any decisions made by council need to include community consultation and fact-based decisions."
Media release, 1 Jul 2021
Mark Ellis, ACFCC