Get on with it!
The NSW Minister for Lands said he had met a number of business people from the community and the message he had received was that they wanted to get on with the process after 30 years of proposals for the harbour which had gone absolutely nowhere.
He said they were concerned that visitors were being lost to other locations; that the harbour is slipping away and silting up and there was less and less activity there.
He said while the message was general, there had been special interest in plans for the marina.
Mr Kelly said there was sand in harbours right up and down the coast.
He said the final face of development at the harbour would depend on the expressions of interest that were received but improved levels of service depended on the finance to pay for them.
The Minister, part of a state government accused of repeated meddling with development process, emphasised that once the expressions of interest document was launched he would have no more involvement with the process.
He said there had been 90 submissions to the Jetty Foreshores Draft Plan of Management, thirty on the last day before submissions closed.
The possible shape of things to come at the Marina was sketched out by Gavin Litfin at Tuesday's Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce breakfast.
The Brisbane-based Mr Litfin from Property Solutions Australia outlined a whole-of-harbour plan which included a doublingof the size of the present International Marina, the creation of a sliceway between the marina and Muttonbird Island and a cruise ship terminal on the southern side of the harbour.
His speculative plan included a transport interchange for buses and coaches and accommodation of from three to 20 storeys on the ARTC land east of the railway line opposite the present railway station.
Mr Litfin is understood to be among those interested in submitting an expression of interest.
As well as hearing from business about the harbour, Mr Kelly yesterday visited Corindi Beach Reserve where he inspected $484,000 worth of work and Coffs Harbour Education Campus, where he launched the 2008 Coffs Coast Innovation Showcase.