COUNCIL MATTERS: The Duke St extension was given the green light at the Coffs Harbour City Council meeting on Thursday night.
COUNCIL MATTERS: The Duke St extension was given the green light at the Coffs Harbour City Council meeting on Thursday night. Trevor Veale

Big decisions as Pioneer Park and school access voted on

A PERMANENT road will be built through Pioneer Park after Coffs Harbour City Council voted in favour of the proposal to ease traffic congestion in the city centre.

At Thursday night's meeting the possibility of a temporary road was also discussed after recent protests were staged to save the park as an important koala habitat.

An amendment on the Duke St extension raised by Crs Sally Townley and Nan Cowling was defeated, while Cr Mark Sultana asked if a temporary road could be built as a Duke St extension in a six-month trial.

Director of sustainable infrastructure, Mick Raby, however said the council would have to pay for it twice because temporary and permanent roads are built under different provisions.

Meanwhile, the council voted on the proposed closure of the Coffs Harbour War Memorial Olympic Pool to the public during school swimming carnivals.

The motion put forward by Cr Sultana proposed the council authorise pool management to negotiate with large schools of 800-plus enrolments an outcome of no more than four days of the calendar year where the memorial pool will close to the general public from 9.30am to 2.30pm.

All learn-to-swim and other swimming classes will operate normally in the heated pool until 11am.

From 11am to2.30pm, schools will have full access to this pool.

Prior to the motion being tabled, businessman Ian Hogbin spoke about the importance of unlimited public access to public pools.

Cr Sultana said the motion aims to 'enable these schools the opportunity to book the entire venue'.

Cr Rhodes spoke against the motion.

"I find the impediment to community to access these public pools is not the way to move forward in the present moment," Cr Rhoades said.

"I've never been approached about an issue about the public mixing with the schools on the school carnival days.

"I think that will then snowball into a situation where we could find the possibility of all of our pools could be closed on the same day at the same time so there would be absolutely no access."

In a close vote the motion was carried with Cr's Sultana, Cowling, Townley and Arkan voting for and Cr's Rhoades Innes and Knight against.



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