THE first battle has been won but the war is not yet over for the Friends of McPhillamy Park.
Environment Minister Sussan Ley's decision to approve a section 10 protection order on land at the top of Mount Panorama has been welcomed by the Friends but they say Bathurst Regional Council must do more to preserve the land gifted by Mrs McPhillamy to the Bathurst community in 1938.
"There's actually two things I think that need to happen," Friends spokesperson Jan Page said.
"The first is we need a council that will work with the community to locate a go-kart track in some other location, which is something we've been talking about for quite some time.
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"But the second is that some of this land here that is fenced off [in McPhillamy Park] plus some of the other land that would also have been impacted by a go-kart track is land that was donated to the people of Bathurst, and that story has never actually been finished.
"There have been legalities that have never been worked through so our task now is to ensure that this 10 acres of land will actually be protected as a public open space for all time."
Friends member Iain McPherson agreed that there was more work for the Friends to do.
"Even though we're pleased and delighted that the Wiradyuri have been successful in having their cultural heritage recognised, the Friends of McPhillamy Park hasn't yet been successful in having the entirety of the cultural heritage of McPhillamy Park recognised by council taking the actions they failed to do for the past 50 years," Mr McPherson said.
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