Jetty move backed

THE Jetty Action Group (JAG) has generally welcomed the results of the Advocate’s pre-election Snapshot Survey questions for the Jetty.

JAG spokesman Noel MacKay said it had always supported the redevelopment and beautification of the Jetty

foreshores to provide improved facilities for family-oriented recreation.

“JAG, after having to obtain planning information through Freedom of Information requests, has recently given in-principle support to the council for the upgrading of barbecue facilities and amenities and the connection

of sewerage,” Mr MacKay said.

“We are seeking further consultation with the council on planned access and drainage works.”

Mr MacKay said JAG was pleased to note that a majority of the respondents opposed tourist development east of the railway line.

“This position coincides with the thousands of respondents to previous statutory planning processes who have overwhelmingly opposed this option and formed the justification for JAG’s position,” he said.

“In recent weeks the wisdom of this position has been confirmed by a senior Lands Department officer finally down- playing the proposal because of difficulties attracting finance and insurance cover development of the exposed site.

“Furthermore, release last week of the coastal erosion and inundation maps for Coffs coastline show the areas recently proposed for rezoning in the council’s City Centre Plan for three to seven-storey resort development will be substantially inundated within 50 years.”

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