JAG wants debate on surf titles shift

THE Jetty Action Group (JAG) says no decision should be made to relocate the national surf titles to Boambee Beach without public consultation.

Coffs Harbour City Council will hold a special meeting today at 5pm to consider a report recommending the titles be shifted from Park Beach to the northern section of Boambee Beach.

Executive committee member for JAG and Jetty Dunecare, Desnee McCosker, said yesterday: "There should be at least a public debate before councillors make a decision on behalf the community to relocate the titles to Boambee, and the scale of how it should be done."

Ms McCosker said endangered flora and fauna would be threatened by the building of roads and other infrastructure works needed to stage the titles there.

Surf Life Saving Australia has awarded the council the contract to host the titles from 2010 to 2012, but the council has discovered 'numerous barriers' to staging the event at the location originally envisaged, Park Beach.

JAG chairman, Wayne Evans, said yesterday JAG members were worried about the impact of a Boambee Beach proposal on the Harbourside Project study area.

He said the State Government was pressuring the council to have the titles at Boambee Beach.

"I think the Government realises there are inherent problems they can't resolve at Park Beach - namely the size of the beach, and the need to bring extra sand in, most likely from dredging.

"This issue has now gone beyond Coffs Harbour. We've asked peak environmental groups in Sydney to examine it."

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