Council four-page brochure will explain surf titles bid

COFFS HARBOUR City Council is trying to counter criticism of the national surf lifesaving titles proposed for Boambee Beach.

The council has produced the first of what are expected to be several fact sheets to 'inform the local community of the forecast environmental, social and economic benefits' of hosting the titles from 2010 to 2012.

The four-page brochure will initially be sent to some 90 organisations throughout the Coffs Coast.

The council's city services director, Jason Gordon, told a council meeting on Thursday night it would be too costly to send to all ratepayers, but this would be reviewed, depending on the success of the campaign.

"We've been honest and open with the public (about the titles), but there is a group out there intent on misinformation," he said.

"I think we need to get the facts out there a bit better."

The Jetty Action Group (JAG) has been a strident critic of the titles being staged at Boambee Beach because of concerns over the environment and required infrastructure.

The fact sheet provides a background of the council bid to host the titles, the problems with Park Beach and the decision to relocate them to Boambee Beach, and the benefits of that move.

The council says the titles will bring a net economic benefit of $30 million to the region.



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