Coffs' future in your hands

THE second Coffs Community Forum will turn words into action as a series of working groups identify the key actions needed to position the Coffs Coast for a thriving and sustainable future.

The Coffs Community Forums are an initiative of Southern Cross University, in partnership with the Coffs Coast Advocate and the Coffs Harbour City Council.

The second in the series of forums will be held at the Southern Cross University Coffs Harbour campus today from 5.30pm.

Professor David Lynch, head of the University's Coffs Harbour campus, said it was time for the community to take charge of its future.

"Southern Cross University is in this for the long haul. We want to be part of the community's future. The university has committed to supporting these working groups into next year to ensure that we can deliver real results," Professor Lynch said. "Successful communities across the globe have a university as a key part of their strategy and, in turn, the university is committed to supporting the development of a thriving and prosperous community.

"Each of these working parties will be looking at what is currently working and our aspirations. What we will be presenting at the third forum on October 19 are the key deliverables from each of these areas."

Professor Lynch will facilitate the education participation working group. The other themes to be covered are: growing business and creating jobs; healthy communities; environment; education participation; cultural creativity and discovery; and infrastructure.

"We have had strong interest from the community, business and industry in these working parties and would encourage anyone who hasn't yet registered to get in touch with us," Prof Lynch said.

Participants are asked to register their interest in a particular working group with Deborah Hoiles on 6659 3341 or email

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