It now seems the much-anticipated upgrade of Coffs’ key waterfront asset will happen.
It now seems the much-anticipated upgrade of Coffs’ key waterfront asset will happen.

Foreshore developments in 2010

IN A surprise move, State Minister Tony Kelly announced yesterday he “hoped to see new developments” on Coffs Harbour’s Jetty Foreshores this year.

The NSW Minister for Planning, Infrastructure and Lands said the Department of Lands was in final negotiations with the proponents before they lodged a Development Application.

He said the land involved would include the Marina and upgrading of the park area behind it near the North Wall.

Asked about the lack of waterfront views on the Foreshores, Mr Kelly said in conjunction with Coffs Harbour City Council, they wanted to get some development to make sure amenities were there for the public.

He said the proposal accorded with the Plan of Management for the area and he hoped it would go ahead.

Mr Kelly said no one could complain about lack of consultation over plans for the Jetty Foreshores.

“We have really consulted the public ad nauseam,” the Minister said.

“We have even been criticised for over-consultation. I want to see things moving along this year.”

Mr Kelly said there would be no ‘permanent’ accommodation east of the railway line and high rise had been ruled out early in the piece and he was not aware of any tourist accommodation in any proposals.

He said they were working in conjunction with Coffs Harbour City Council to look at ‘better and more permanent ways’ to deal with the 50,000 tonnes of sand which drifts into the harbour every year.

Mr Kelly took a group of visiting Country Labor politicians to the Marina and the Deep Sea Fishing Club during his brief visit to Coffs Harbour yesterday.

The tour included a discussion of his and the consultative group’s plans for the area, said the group’s convenor, MLC Christine Robertson.

A representative of Coffs Harbour International Marina, part of the Queensland based company which has developed new marinas at Tin Can Bay and Bribie Island, was also in Coffs Harbour yesterday.

Both of those Queensland marinas offer on-site holiday accommodation as well as marina berths.

Pacific Harbour Marina on Bribie Island forms part of a $1.8 billion master-planned canal and golf community.

Tin Can Bay Marina has just announced the release of villa, berth and boat packages in the Marina Village.



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