Candidates focused on Jetty revamp

ALL of the Coffs Harbour candidates seeking your vote on Saturday have called for action at the Jetty Foreshores.

They’re supporting a long overdue revamp of our jewel in the crown, including the marina, and whoever is elected will be expected to deliver.

Sitting Nationals MP Andrew Fraser has even suggested a radical overhaul of the southern breakwall precinct.

When asked if he supported development at South Wall, including the quarry site, Mr Fraser said: “Yes, one suggestion could be a sensitively-developed cruise ship terminal to triangulate cruises out of Cairns and Brisbane”.

He supports redevelopment of the Coffs Harbour marina and a makeover at the Jetty Foreshores, but argued there should be no tourism or accommodation development east of Jordan Esplanade and that a plan should only be done with full consultation.

Mr Fraser doesn’t want to see the thinning of foreshores vegetation to provide harbour views because that vegetation “provides a windbreak for people using it and it stops young people escaping from their parents down to the water without appropriate supervision”.

He supports cafes and restaurants along the foreshores, achieved in conjunction with a community committee after full consultation, and he wants to see a fully accessible boardwalk along the foreshores.

Independent candidate Paul Templeton said any thinning of Jetty Foreshores vegetation should not be done to provide harbour views, but to provide emergency vehicle access which he saw as a problem at the moment.

He supports development at South Wall, including the quarry site, “but it depends on the type of development and how coastal inundation impacts on it”.

He wants a foreshores boardwalk but no development of tourist accommodation east of the rail line.

Labor candidate David Quinn supported cafes and restaurants along the foreshores, “but only in the existing commercial area”.

Mr Quinn was against thinning foreshores vegetation to provide harbour views and was the only candidate to resist a foreshores boardwalk and development at South Wall.

He also opposed tourist accommodation east of the rail line.

Christian Democratic Party candidate Deborah Lions had no hesitation in answering yes to all of the questions put to her about revamps of the foreshores, the South Wall and marina.

Greens candidate Rodney Degens did not take part in our survey.



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