A foreshores picnic shelter in the early 1970s.
A foreshores picnic shelter in the early 1970s.

Coast view a memory

IT LIKES to think of itself as the north's premier coastal city, but can Coffs Harbour really lay claim to the title when many of our best beach and sea views are now blocked by bush?

In Saturday's Advocate Peter Williamson graphically illustrated how the expansive vista from the city's most accessible lookout, Beacon Hill, has been reduced to mere glimpses as vegetation has grown unchecked.

The article has sparked a fresh debate about not just Beacon Hill but the views of the harbour and of our beaches in general.

Frustratingly the issue is not new but with local government elections looming maybe it's again opportune.

Prior to last year's State Election the Advocate surveyed the community and found plenty of support for the rejuvenation of the foreshores precinct to include elements such as a boardwalk, the creation of harbour vistas for passing motorists and picnickers, and even the addition of cafes and restaurants with water views.

So far there has been no response to that expression of community desire from our council.



Bushfire burning behind education campus

premium_icon Bushfire burning behind education campus

Firefighters remain on scene, working to extinguish a bushfire.

Man charged over crash that saw car plough into cyclists

premium_icon Man charged over crash that saw car plough into cyclists

The Coffs Harbour man will face court on October 29.

Teen slam poet takes the limelight

premium_icon Teen slam poet takes the limelight

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