Surf titles should be good for Coffs region
By CRAIG McTEAR
THE Coffs Harbour Futures Board reckons we're on a winner with the national surf life saving titles planned for Boambee Beach.
"Boambee Beach is a sustainable venue, whereas Park Beach, with its long term sand erosion problems and risks from storm events, could not offer the same guarantees," acting chairman, Greg Jenke, said.
"The northern end of Boambee Beach ... is also bordered by a railway line, a sewerage treatment plant and the airport. As far as locations go, this is the most suitable as it will cause minimal environmental disturbance.
"Our city is growing rapidly and will need improved facilities for the population.
"This is a one-off opportunity to tap into state and federal funds for infrastructure investment."
Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce president, Sonja Wallis, said the titles were 'a really positive event for Coffs Harbour and the future of the Coffs Harbour economy'.
"The chamber wants to support the council in its endeavours and is keen to see progress," she said.
Coffs Coast Tourism board member, Phillip Neuss, said the board had endorsed the selection of Boambee Beach as the spot for the championships.
"We look forward to hosting the event over a number of years, and the benefits to the community and businesses," he said.
The Jetty Action Group will stage a protest at the northern end of Boambee Beach tomorrow at 10am to try and stop the titles.