Coffs Harbour’s current library in Rigby House and, inset, Nos 25-31 Gordon Street.
Coffs Harbour’s current library in Rigby House and, inset, Nos 25-31 Gordon Street. Rob Wright

Gordon St library too valuable

COUNCILLOR Paul Templeton failed to convince a majority of Coffs Harbour City councillors to consider Nos 25-31 Gordon St as future premises for the Coffs Harbour Library on Thursday, but only by one vote.

Cr Templeton wants to see council look at the CBD building instead of the proposed Brelsford Park site.

His motion won the support of Cr John Arkan, Cr Rodney Degens and Cr Mark Graham, with Cr Graham also mentioning Brelsford Park flooding issues but lost to the bloc of the mayor Cr Keith Rhoades, deputy mayor Cr Bill Palmer, former mayor Cr Jennifer Bonfield and Cr Denise Knight.

The debate on the motion saw an interesting insight into the councillors’ views on the future use of the large parcel of land owned by the council in Gordon Street.

Cr Jennifer Bonfield said council had spent a lot of money consolidating Gordon St as an asset for the city and they had been approached by large corporations and building developers interested in supermarkets and high rise premises.

“Gordon St is a hugely valuable asset to the city and I don’t support the notion of the library going there,” Cr Bonfield said.

“It is a valuable tool to invite investment into the city or we could swap it. There is a wonderful harbour site for sale by the ARTC which would make a gateway to the Jetty.”



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