Draft plan is a beauty

FOR decades we have heard of new Jetty Foreshores plans but last Wednesday the latest Jetty4Shores plan was placed on display and it's a beauty.

The reason I say this is because the vast majority of the Coffs Harbour community has had the opportunity to have a representative on the reference group.

Only one group picked up their bat and ball and left, which tells us we finally have a clear majority of people on the same page and working together to provide an outcome we can be proud of and enjoy.

OPINION: Councillor Gary Innes

The reference group includes people from a diverse range of organisations including business, local community-focused charities, environmental groups, the tourism industry, the Aboriginal community, disability advocates and long-term stakeholders in the area such as the Yacht Club, the Marina and the Deep Sea Fishing Club.

Consultation has been carried out with local police crime prevention squads as well as Rotary clubs and schools.

At the public preview display, held at The Harbourside Markets in February, an estimated 1500 people attended and the vast majority were in favour of the concept plan.

That feedback plus further consultation with key stakeholders and the reference group led to more modifications, demonstrating the community is being heard and the council, along with the reference group are prepared to move with the majority of people to see this concept plan become a reality.

During this public consultation phase a display will be held at The Growers Market in the near future and in the foyer of Coffs Harbour City Council's administration centre and copies of the plan will be available at local libraries.

The staff at council will accommodate requests for a presentation at service clubs and school and community groups.

This is our chance to see the harbour become part of Coffs Harbour. We can't sit on our hands and let the vocal minorities get away with their negative antics any more.

It's time to allow true democracy to work. These small groups with vested personal or political ideologies have had their way for too long. It's time for the vast majority to stand up and be heard.

Click here to make submissions on the draft plans.

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