Stella Enevoldson, Amelia and William McCallum, Chris Hale and, back, Vanessa McCallum and her mother Judy Hale board Checkmate
Stella Enevoldson, Amelia and William McCallum, Chris Hale and, back, Vanessa McCallum and her mother Judy Hale board Checkmate

Rough times ahead

By BELINDA F SCOTT

STELLA Enevoldson is shocked to hear that her neighbours will pay twice what she pays in rates on her Gaudrons Road house and two-hectare property to moor their yacht at Coffs Harbour this year.

Retiree yacht owners Judy and Chris Hale are facing a 102 per cent increase in their mooring costs this year. The couple are expected to be among the boat owners attending the inaugural meeting of Coffs Harbour boat owners at the Coffs Harbour Yacht Club at 4pm on Saturday.

The meeting and the new group is open to the owners of all types of sail and power boats.

One of the meeting organisers said the topics on the agenda at Saturday's meeting would include fees and facilities at the Coffs Harbour International Marina, security and parking at the Jetty boat ramp and proposed foreshores developments.

He said these proposals including the reclamation of part of the inner harbour, where the police boats are now moored.

Boat owners want to see more provision for low-cost boating, saying many local owners sacrifice luxuries to stay afloat but new fees and proposed changes will see them pushed out of the harbour.



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