Country feel a big draw

ORIGINALLY from Sydney, Coffs Harbour mum Alison Page loves the fact Coffs Harbour is 'still very country'.

Alison, who has 12-month-old twins and a four-year-old, said yesterday she didn't want to see the district 'turned into a mini-Sydney'.

“I actually really like Coffs Harbour just the way it is,” she said.

“But I do think kids' parks need fencing.”

Victorian holidaymakers Ian and Joan McBean are big fans of the Coffs Coast, so much so they've been coming here for nearly 14 years.

Not surprisingly, they rate our climate as the big drawcard.

Their friend, Mick Raleigh, who is on his third visit to the region, said he looked forward to stopping off at places he liked during his extensive travels.

“My wife likes to shop, and I like the beach,” Mr Raleigh said.

The attractiveness of Coffs Harbour as a holiday destination has seen the area go through a mini boom in recent times, and the Coffs Harbour City Council is now looking at ways to secure this growth well into the future.

The council yesterday announced a new community survey to help create a blueprint to the region's development.

The ideas gathered from the surveys, workshops and competitions will be collated into a draft Vision 2030 document in October.

A draft Coffs Harbour 2030 strategic plan will be developed from Vision2030 early next year through a series of planning events.

It will be on public exhibition in March and April 2009.

Survey participants can also enter a draw to win one of two $100 shopping vouchers.

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