PLANS AFOOT: Mayor Denise Knight and Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker celebrate the announcement of new historic signage for the Jetty Foreshore.
PLANS AFOOT: Mayor Denise Knight and Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker celebrate the announcement of new historic signage for the Jetty Foreshore.

Jetty a sign of the times

NEW signage to showcase our region's rich maritime history has been granted for Coffs Harbour's Jetty Foreshores redevelopment.

Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker this week announced a $10,000 grant for interpretive signage that will be installed between the Coffs Harbour Railway Station and Coffs Harbour Jetty.

"It's easy to forget the industrial past of Coffs Harbour, with not many people being aware there were rail lines which originally extended along the eastern breakwater and lined the harbour foreshore, providing access to the busy shipping port," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"The grant will see our maritime and industrial heritage enshrined in a way that makes it easy for locals and visitors to understand and appreciate."

The signs will be designed to appeal towards local residents and tourists, and will feature heritage-listed areas in Coffs Harbour's Local Environment Plan.

In the coming months, Coffs Harbour City Council will work with historians and Coffs Harbour Regional Museum to collate information and images related to maritime and industrial heritage.

Mayor Denise Knight said the signage was expected to be completed by December as part of the Jetty Foreshore redevelopment

"There are pockets of our history which probably haven't been recognised, and having this signage will at least acknowledge that part of history existed," Cr Knight said.

"It's about our maritime history, our early settlers and our timber industry, and to have signage all the way from the railway station ties in with the whole plan for the area."

The signage will be accompanied by an information kit that will be available in hard copy and online.

Funding for the project was secured through the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme.



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