Council ‘spade ready’ to start boardwalk
CONSTRUCTION of the new jetty boardwalk, stage four of the Jetty4Shores project, is hoped to start in the first quarter of next year.
After securing Federal Government funding this week, Coffs Harbour City Council general manager Steve McGrath said the start date could be delayed due to a number of factors.
"We're hoping to commence the first quarter of next year, subject to detailed design and environment assessment," he said.
Mr McGrath couldn't put an exact time frame on the completion of stages two, three and four but expected that component of the project should be finished in "a few years".
Stage two details a kiosk area that will include a paved area while stage three consists of a revamped market and picnic area.
Mayor of Coffs Harbour Denise Knight said the council was "spade ready" and "good to go" on the construction of the boardwalk once the final design and assessment was given the green light.
"The boardwalk will be the first thing that goes in. It's a moveable one so if something comes up and there does have to be work down there, the boardwalk can actually be lifted up and moved so that they can do whatever they need to do," she said.
Cr Knight reassured businesses and restaurants around the Jetty Foreshores that construction would not start over the summer.
"Once the money comes through we can't do anything down there over the tourist season," she said.
The boardwalk will run from the Yacht Club to the Jetty Pier precinct.