THE new plan for the Jetty Foreshores is a positive step but action is needed sooner rather than later, according to the marina manager.
The comments follow the announcement on Monday of a new Plan of Management for the Jetty, an objective of which is the creation of a sustainable working harbour.
The Department of Lands is seeking solutions to the harbour's sand infill problem, an expansion of maritime infrastructure, and asset management of public domain works at the marina.
Coffs Harbour International Marina manager Rob Galbraith said the plan is positive and needed. “Currently the marina is spending money on repairs but we should be rebuilding,” Mr Galbraith said.
“A plan that calls for investment in the harbour is good for Coffs all round.”
But Mr Galbraith said the process needs to move ahead faster to generate an outcome.
“The whole area is being held back by plans not moving forward, especially the harbour.”
One idea identified by the plan is the potential for berthing mini-cruise ships, which Mr Galbraith has welcomed. “That would be good to bring more tourists into the area, who would then use other facilities in Coffs such as tourist attractions and restaurants,” he said. “However, there would need to be a small cruise terminal built and transport access to accommodate the visitors.”
- Creation of a sustainable working harbour
- Expanded tourism opportunity
- Enhanced public domain
- Quality development with attention to environmentally sensitive design
- Respect for stakeholder and community interests
- Value for money in financial return, risk sharing and community benefits
- Employment opportunities for Aboriginal persons