Council approves $1.6m bid to revamp Barney Point Park
BARNEY Point Park is set for a facelift, with the council setting the wheels in motion to beautify its "sad" image.
The winning bid came from Boyd's Bay Landscaping at just over $1.6 million.
The landscapers are set to install new park furniture and barbecue facilities, undertake additional landscaping, revise car park layouts, and construct new access routes to the beach.
Council parks and recreation portfolio spokesman Graham McDonald said it was time to give the park a facelift.
"I won't say neglected, but it is getting sad and it really needed a re-vamp," he said.
Cr McDonald said the Barney Point Park redevelopment was part of a broader push to get people out into green spaces.
"The intent of council is to improve these spaces so we can provide more for families because as you know we have a fairly young town," Cr McDonald said.
"We are an industrial town but we need to have another string to our bow and make people want to live here.
"Providing green open spaces which are user-friendly is part of that."
When The Observer asked regular park-goers if they thought the upgrade was warranted, they said they welcomed some beautification but the park probably didn't need $1.6 million worth.
"I suppose it would be nice, but I can't really see the benefit of them spending all that money," regular park-goer Andree Grayson said.
"I like walking along here already."