A $250m harbour vision to develop foreshores

PLANS to put the jewel back in Coffs Harbour's crown have taken a giant step forward, with the government giving the go ahead for a company to detail a $250 million redevelopment proposal for the Jetty Foreshores.

Coffs Harbour International Marina was the successful bidder out of five expressions of interest submitted to the Department of Lands to redevelop the Jetty, with Minister for Lands Tony Kelly highlighting the company's strong track record in delivering quality developments.

Coffs Harbour International Marina is a consortium of Property Solutions Group and QM Properties, a Queensland based joint venture partnership.

“The consortium is the current lessee of the marina and has a good working knowledge of and appreciation of the community's expectations,” Mr Kelly said.

While details of the consortium's proposal are yet to be announced, Mr Kelly said the redevelopment would enhance boating facilities at the marina, consist of commercial development to assist the boating industry and would involve tourist accommodation.

Coffs Chamber of Commerce president Maree Walden has welcomed the announcement and said the harbour was desperately calling for a new approach.

“It is time for Coffs Harbour to move forward and ensure that as a tourism destination we are competitive and as a community we have something to be proud of,” Ms Walden said.

Coffs Harbour Mayor, Keith Rhoades, said the announcement was 'a big step'.

“There was a clear message by voters in the recent election that they want the new council to move forward and do something with the Jetty,” Cr Rhoades said.

“We are now moving forward.”

Mr Kelly said the detailed proposal would be exhibited publicly and it could take more than a year before any construction begins.

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