Coffs wins big with Fed funds
IT'S the news Coffs Harbour has waited decades for - a major investment in our waterfront asset.
Two Coffs Harbour City Council projects have shared in a $5 million funding announcement by the Federal Government.
The next stages of the Jetty Foreshores redevelopment and upgrades to the Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park have secured grants from the National Stronger Regions Fund to provide a boost to local jobs and tourism.
Funding includes $4.6million for an events and recreation hub at the Jetty Foreshores to provide a venue for markets and community events.
The grant comes after an initial application by Coffs Harbour City Council was knocked back during the first round of NSRF funding earlier this year.
Mayor Denise Knight said the project's future was now assured.
"It really is exciting, we were relying on that money and now that it's come through, it's just great for Coffs," Cr Knight said.
$485,000 has also been awarded to upgrade transit and parking facilities at Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Centre.
In announcing the funding yesterday, Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said the grants would provide a boost to local jobs, tourism and events.
"It will go a long way in showcasing the Jetty Fore- shores and International Sports Centre as premier tourist destinations," Mr Hartsuyker said.
"These are two of our city's great assets and this $5 million will bolster their amenity and drive up visitor numbers."
- Jetty Foreshores - a kiosk, terraced steps to Jetty Beach, a new walking trail entry, a landscaped lawn area, an outdoor gym, a performance stage, new car-parks and a board- walk pier above the dunes.
- Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Centre - a new bus and taxi terminal to be linked directly to the stadium and a "hard stand area" car-park that will be used as the car service area during World Rally Championships.