Jetty Foreshores plans placed on display
ONE of Coffs Harbour's most anticipated and significant blueprints for a renewed future is yours to check out from today.
The Draft Jetty4Shores Concept Plans have gone on display for public consultation for three months until August 9 this year.
Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight said the release of the plans was an important milestone for the city.
"So far the draft plans have had an overwhelmingly positive response from the people who visited the display at the Harbourside Market in February or have since looked at them online," Cr Knight said.
"Many comments have urged us simply to get on with improving the reserve area so we can put the harbour back into Coffs. I've made no secret that one of my key goals is to see this important part of our city revitalised and rejuvenated. I'd urge as many people as possible to take a look at the draft plans and let us know what you think."
The draft concept plans have been drawn up with the help of the Jetty4Shores Reference Group which includes representatives from a diverse range of organisations including business, local community-focused charities, environmental groups, the tourism industry, the Aboriginal community, disability advocates and other stakeholders.
Consultation has also been carried out with the NSW Police Crime Prevention Unit in Coffs Harbour.
Presentations have also been provided to a range of community organisations such as Rotary clubs and schools.
A public preview display of the draft plans at the Harbourside Market on February 17, which was staffed by members of the Jetty4Shores Reference Group also gave the wider community the chance to take an early look at what is being proposed.
About 1500 people took advantage of the opportunity and more than 300 comments and suggestions were made.
That feedback, plus further consultation with key stakeholders and the Reference Group, led to more modifications of the original drafts.
The draft concept plans now being put out for display are the final draft versions and include those modifications.
It is proposed that during the public exhibition phase:
- A display will be held at the Growers' Market at a date to be advertised;
- A display will be available in the foyer of Council's Administrative Centre and copies of the plans made available at local libraries.
- In addition, requests for presentations to school groups, service clubs, or other community organisations will be accommodated.
The draft plans can be viewed on Council's website where details on how to make submissions are outlined.
Direct online submissions on the draft concept plans can also be made via Council's website.