A year of change for Coffs council

EXPANSION of the city's boundaries and the local government elections were big events for Coffs Harbour this year, according to mayor Keith Rhoades.

"Council responded quickly to the NSW Government's decision to transfer Red Rock and Corindi to the Coffs Harbour Local Government area," Cr Rhoades said.

The mayor was responding to the adoption of the council's 2003/2004 annual report adopted on Thursday night.

"Despite the significant funding implications, council has welcomed its newest residents and made comprehensive provisions to extend city services and facilities to their communities.

"The local government elections changed the face of council, with the installation of five new councillors.

"That's meant a fresh start for the organisation, reviewing our strategic directions and priorities."

General manager Mark Ferguson said the launch of the harbour plan last year had been a milestone for the city.

"The biggest planning project ever prepared here, the $74 million blueprint engaged the whole community," Mr Ferguson said.

"The waterfront is treasured by the people of Coffs Harbour. Now we have to realise the harbour's potential as our gateway to the Solitary Islands Marine Park.

"The annual report also details the arrival of 13 new medical specialists in the city.

"That's signalled more than just an improvement in local health care.

"It demonstrates our continued success in establishing Coffs Harbour as a regional centre. We have the transport, health and education infrastructure, a vibrant business sector and ready workforce, and an unbeatable lifestyle.

"During 2003-2004, council processed 2038 development applications worth $284 million. In dollar terms, that's a 30 per cent increase on the previous year."

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