STAGE ONE: Cowper Duty Senator Matt Thistlethwaite inspects the upgrade so far of the Jetty Foreshores.
STAGE ONE: Cowper Duty Senator Matt Thistlethwaite inspects the upgrade so far of the Jetty Foreshores. ROB WRIGHT

A Jetty Foreshores vision

THE works to start a long overdue beautification of the Jetty Foreshores - a $1.2 million upgrade of the reserve area - were toasted this afternoon.

Deputy Senator for Cowper Matt Thistlethwaite joined council officials and council workers in unveiling the completed stage one project to the public.

Under the awning of one of the new architect-designed picnic shelters, Senator Thistlethwaite was shown exactly what the $456,000 Federal Government grant has bought.

From power upgrades, to new barbecues, refurbished amenity blocks, improved drainage, upgraded sewer mains, a new pedestrian footbridge, equal access parking, new fencing, landscaping and turfing it was agreed it was money well spent.

Capping off the project has been the feature entrance sign incorporating a welcome message in the Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal dialect.

"The heart of Coffs Harbour has always been, and remains, the Jetty Foreshore," Coffs Harbour Deputy Mayor Denise Knight said.

"Historically, the harbour was the source of the city's early wealth during the 'red gold' rush of the 19th century cedar timber trade and it's still a magnet for tourists and locals all year round."

Council's general manager Steve McGrath said the stage one works are part of a greater vision to revitalise the Jetty precinct.

"The area had not had any significant improvements for more than 15 years and, as a result, the facilities were uninviting and needed constant - and costly - maintenance," Mr McGrath said.



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