Editorial - December 9: Milestone year for foreshore
AS POLITICAL momentum pushed for an upgrade of the Jetty Foreshores a decade ago, the term 'the jewel in the crown' was coined to highlight not just the importance but the potential of Coffs' harbourside land.
After slow progress under changing governments, the grand plans for the harbour and foreshores have taken their greatest leap forward in 2015.
The rate of development is as extraordinary, as it has been long overdue.
After a succession of Lands Ministers, duty Senators and, of course, Prime Ministers, the work of Luke Hartsuyker and Andrew Fraser has brought funding to the harbour.
Upgrades to the South Wall, the boat ramp, current improvements on the North Wall and new pathways have all happened under this effective community partnership with Coffs Harbour City Council.
News a further $4.6 million in Federal funds will build an events, market and festival hub, a beach boardwalk, terraced steps onto Jetty Beach, carparks and a new walking trail - cap off a milestone year.
These upgrades have been a long time coming, but well worth the wait
After decades of no change, visitors will now see progress.