Council must take control

COFFS Harbour City Council should take back control of foreshore planning, just like Port Macquarie Hastings Council, according to Mal Anderson of the Jetty Action Group.

Mr Anderson has called upon the council to follow the lead of Port Macquarie Hastings Council and seize back control of planning for the Jetty Foreshore, after administrator Dick Persson released a statement claiming the Port Macquarie Hastings council was taking back control of foreshore planning in the area.

But the Department of Lands says that no such situation is apparent at Port Macquarie.
Mr Anderson said the administrator of Port Macquarie Hastings Council, Dick Persson, spoke with the Minister for Lands Tony Kelly and the head of the Department of Lands Warwick Watkins and told them the community was back in charge of planning.

He claims a genuine locally led community process is essential for determining the future direction of the Jetty Foreshore.

"We've had several plans before this, all rejected by the community. We treasure our foreshores, yet the NSW Government has this peculiar notion that the land should be sold off to fund sand dredging of the Harbour. We reject that link," Mr Anderson said.

A Department of Lands spokesperson said there was no lead to follow, as there has been no change to foreshore planning procedure.
"The Coffs Harbour Jetty Action Group's claims about Port Macquarie are not correct," a Department of Lands spokesperson said.

"The Department of Lands continues to work cooperatively with Coffs Harbour City Council on the planning and improvement of the Coffs Harbour jetty precinct.

"Extensive public consultation has taken place and the Department is now reviewing the latest responses to the draft Plan of Management.

"The Department is confident that the general community and the business sector will be supportive of the Department's intention to provide a first class port precinct for the city, which delivers improved public access and infrastructure, tourism and marina opportunities."

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