Bill aiming to make a splash as new deputy

BILL Palmer has been elected by his fellow councillors as Coffs Harbour's first Deputy Mayor for the new council.

Known for his support for council nuts and bolts services like kerbing and guttering, drainage and footpaths, Cr Palmer ran for council in 1999 because of his interest in a new regional water supply and is Coffs Harbour City Council's representative on North Coast Water.

He is delighted that water from the Nymboida River is expected to begin flowing into the new Shannon Creek Dam in a month or so.

Cr Palmer said yesterday there were several new projects he had been 'chewing over' for his management plan wish list.

“There is no sportsground of any significance for the Northern Beaches areas like Emerald Beach and Emerald Heights,” Cr Palmer said.

“I haven't a site in mind, but it is important, especially in view of the development going to happen now the moratorium on building has been lifted.”

With the 2010-2012 surf lifesaving championships bid 'dead in the water' Cr Palmer said he wanted to see Jetty Foreshores development going ahead, but hit out at one groups which he said had portrayed him as wanting to put a bulldozer through everything, saying that was far from the truth.

Cr Palmer said development at the two ends of the Foreshores - the marina and the Fishing Club - would be largely in the hands of the Department of Lands, but in between these two ends he would like to see some Cairns-style development with a widened well-lit and slightly elevated promenade along the waterfront; one or two commercial opportunities; like an ice cream stand; properly defined and formed parking areas on the eastern side of the railway behind the Pacific Marina (formerly Ocean Gem) apartments and greening of the unformed areas of the foreshores.

He said lighting could be switched off during the muttonbird migration season to protect the birds, which become disoriented by lights.

Cr Palmer also wants to see council buy the vacant block on the western side of the Harbour Drive level crossing in order to prevent the 'twin toaster' effect of having two large buildings blocking the view to the sea from the street.

He also wants to see the majority of Brelsford Park developed as a passive park, with as much of the current oval as possible retained as a village green.



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