Save the foreshores for public recreation
By BELINDA SCOTT
DON'T spend millions on plans for the Jetty which the community will reject, pleads Stephen Pratt.
Mr Pratt, a member of the Jetty Action Group, which is dedicated to saving the Jetty Foreshores for community use, says Coffs Harbour City Council and the Strategic Planning Group should look at small-scale, affordable projects which will provide a long-term community benefit, not multi-million dollar plans which the council cannot afford and the community will reject.
Mr Pratt said the Jetty Action Group (JAG) considered the preservation of the existing public recreational space at the Jetty Foreshores was once again under threat because there was no public representation on the Strategic Planning Group (SPG), which was stacked in favour of those with a vested interest in developing the Jetty Foreshore for commercial gain. The Jetty Action Group was not invited to join the Strategic Planning Group, which is made up of councillors, council staff and representatives from the Lands Department, Aboriginal Land Council, Dunecare, Streets Ahead and a number of different interest groups, including the chamber of commerce, tourism and business. The SPG was due to meet again in February, but this meeting has been postponed. In December, Coffs Harbour City Council representatives said the public should see new proposals for the future of the Jetty about March, but yesterday Coffs Harbour City Council mayor Cr Keith Rhoades was flagging mid-2006, and said he did not see any 'rip tear bust' hurry.