Degens raises Foreshore trimming
COUNCILLOR Rod Degens has placed the Jetty Foreshore at the forefront of Council's thinking at the final meeting before the upcoming election.
Cr Degens has placed a motion for Thursday night to develop plans for a series of options for tree and bush trimming, vegetation removal and on-going maintenance to keep the dune vegetation intact as much as possible.
"We simply need agreement for a foreshore beautification work program," Cr Degens said.
In discussions leading up to the current election campaign where Cr Degens is running for Mayor, he said such action has been raised many times with him by Coffs Harbour residents.
"Recent discussions within the community, have demonstrated concern at the level of wild and uncontrolled vegetation that's been allowed to grow along the jetty foreshores and dune areas," he said.
"There have been strong calls for removing some if not all of this vegetation so as to return views to the water.
"Many say the amenity of being able to view the ocean would be improved enormously if this unnecessary vegetation were simply removed and brought under control."
Cr Degens also had a shot at the way this subject has been handled by Council in the past. He said the Mayor was correct when he said 'truck loads of consultation' has been done on this subject.
The Councillor added the Mayor conveniently omitted to say that a truck-load of rate-payers money, In the vicinty of $500,000 was spent during the last decade or so on wasteful studies.
"The community wasn't clearly made aware that very large amounts of public money was being spent on expensive studies in consultation with the Lands Department," he said.
"When Council finally came-up with proposals, plans and recommendations and took these to the community, they were vehemently rejected and thrown out.
"This is testament to how your Council has acted in the past with blind presumptions of being able to spend money without any inclusivity or continuous community involvement."