Business backs Hines
SHE may have been upset by the response to her questions about the performance of the Coffs Harbour City Council's Economic Development Unit, but not so the feedback from elsewhere.
Cr Kerry Hines told Thursday night's council meeting that many people from the business sector and wider community had congratulated her on questioning why the EDU did not have a business plan.
That sentiment was reflected in 90% of the 52 people who voted in an Advocate on-line poll saying they weren't happy with council's economic development strategies.
"There will be much interest from the community in the report which the EDU will present at the next meeting," Cr Hines said.
"We have got to focus on our many assetts to stuimulate the local economy."
General manager Steve McGrath assured Cr Hines that the $20,000 allocated for the development of an EDU business plan will not be spent until the report is tabled.
"One of the things I discussed with the EDU director and manager was the need for any new strategy to take input from business representative bodies as well as health, education and tourism sectors among others," Mr McGrath said.