Minister's step in right direction

WITH all the moving and shaking during the recent upheaval in the NSW Cabinet, the best result for Coffs Harbour came when one minister kept his portfolio.

Tony Kelly was reportedly destined for the scrapheap under former premier Morris Iemma's planned changes but grabbed a lifeline when Iemma himself was scrapped.

New premier Nathan Rees had no option but to move the deckchairs on his sinking ship but he kept Mr Kelly in the Lands portfolio.

And anyone keen to see good development at the Jetty Foreshores should be thankful he did.

Keeping the same minister meant, as Mayor Keith Rhoades said on Tuesday, “we didn't have to go back to school”.

Mr Kelly has his head well and truly around the issues and the history of harbourside development (or lack of it) in Coffs Harbour and looked justifiably satisfied yesterday as he announced the big step on the way towards a new heart for the city.

Clearly the detail of the $250 million development to be put forward by the Coffs Harbour International Marina's owners is yet to be formulated but yesterday's news was an undoubted step in the right direction.



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