Foreshores just need a polish, Greens say

THE JETTY and Harbour Foreshores are the crown jewels of the Coffs Coast but they need polishing to ensure their future, according to the Greens.

Mayoral candidate for Coffs Harbour Mark Graham said the Jetty Foreshores are an important community asset but proposals to allow big business interests to develop the area are alarming.

In contrast, the Coffs Harbour Greens policy for the Foreshores, released yesterday, outlines support for beautification of the area including low-key landscaping, more playgrounds and support for cultural facilities focusing on indigenous and European heritage.

“What is needed for the area is the involvement of our community and proposals that are sympathetic to the existing amenity and community use of the area,” Mr Graham said.

“We have a great opportunity to inform visitors of the proud history of the Gumbayngirr nation as well as portraying the timber-getting, fishing and rich agricultural events that have forged our city's identity.”

The Greens policy flags increased support for community markets, the potential for staging musical and cultural festivals, and also the need to manage silt in the harbour through various techniques including wind.

“With the rising cost of oil we need to innovate to address the movement and capture of sand that is currently occurring in the harbour and we can potentially develop important export markets for dredging technologies that do not require fossil fuel,” Mr Graham said.

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