Protest tries to stop sale of public land

SAVE public land they don't make it anymore.

That was what one placard screamed at yesterday's rally outside Coffs Harbour's Lands Department office.

The protest against the sale and commercial development of Crown lands was one of six simultaneous rallies held in NSW.

Up to 45 people attended the local meeting, and there was no mistaking the number one issue the planned sale of public space under the Harbourside concept.

"Any public land in areas around our town should be completely off limits for commercial and residential development," one protester, Siobhan Holmes, said.

Her daughter-in-law, Anne Kennett, said she was astounded Coffs Harbour City Council would consider 'selling off land which is so well utilised'.

"The Jetty Oval is being used regularly. My daughter flies a kite there and we take a picnic there," Anne said.

Bill, from Coramba, posed this question: "Why do they have to sell off all of the public land. It's for the people, not the council."

One of the Pet Porpoise Pool's major shareholders, Hec Goodall, said he attended the rally because 'I'm concerned about the way the council and the Lands Department have tried to deny they originally approved the use of part of Jetty Oval for the Pet Porpoise Pool expansion'.



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