Coochin Park

Coochin Park at Dicky Beach is in a prime position to attract visitors, but is under-utilised at present.

It has room to be developed into an attraction that will benefit the local community.


Concept Plan

A place of reflection and inspiration with a blend of Australian and Japanese plants.
It will incorporate an educational component for visitors - a reminder that there are six Rotary Peace Centres around the world, including Brisbane and Tokyo.  Those two centres demonstrate the modern link between Australia and Japan.
Stage 1 - The gate and bridge
Stage 2 - Parking area
Stage 3 - Low maintenance rock garden
Stage 4  - The main pavilion

A Japanese Garden

Traditionally a Japanese Garden includes water, islands and bridge features which are all symbolic.  Water gives life, an island represents good fortune, health and prosperity, and bridges across water represent a journey, often philosophical. 
Designs are accompanied by Japanese aesthetic and philosophical ideas, avoid artificial ornamentation, and highlight the natural landscape.  Plants and worn, aged materials are generally used by Japanese garden designers to suggest an ancient and faraway natural landscape, and to express the fragility of existence as well as time's unstoppable advance.  Wikipedia



A Peace Park

We envisage a garden that serves to remind visitors that peace must always prevail as well as providing a learning experience.
Images on this page do not purport to indicate the specific project - they are indicative only

Rotary Peace Centres

Through academic training, study, and practice the Rotary Peace Centres program develops leaders who are catalysts for peace and conflict resolution in their communities and around the globe. Graduates of the program are reintegrating refugees in Sudan, creating jobs for disadvantaged women in India, and supporting reconstruction in devastated regions of the world.

Each year up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellows are chosen to participate in a master’s degree or certificate program at one of our partner universities. Fellows study subjects related to the root causes of conflict through a variety of lenses and explore innovative solutions that address real world needs. We have peace centres around the globe:

  • Chulalongkorn University, Thailand (certificate program) 

  • Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US

  • International Christian University, Japan

  • University of Bradford, UK

  • University of Queensland, Australia

  • Uppsala University, Sweden