Moonee development has residents fearful

MOONEE Beach residents fear traffic chaos if a shopping centre development is given the go-ahead by Coffs Harbour City Council.

At their final meeting of the year on Thursday night, councillors will look at the proposal for the shopping centre, which includes a supermarket, liquor store, specialty stores and 376 car spaces.

The development is one of the first parts of the transformation that will see the population of the beachside community grow from about 700 to more than 4000.

Moonee Action Group members are concerned that the development, to be built to the south of the Moonee Beach Tavern, will increase traffic problems on the Pacific Highway and Moonee Beach Road.

The development application is one of a number of thorny issues councillors will face on Thursday.

They will consider their response to last week's announcement of the RTA's preferred route for the Pacific Highway, including seeking immediate funding for the completion of Hogbin Drive.

Other issues before the council are:

-Plans for the improvement of the Bray Street intersection.

-The move to change the name of the Coffs Harbour Community Indoor Stadium.

-The possible closure of the Coffs Harbour museum for up to three months.

-Major accommodation developments at Park Beach and near Mastracolas Road.

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