Plan for Aboriginal cultural centre on Fishos site
THE site of the former Deep Sea Fishing Club could be transformed into a cultural centre if the Coffs Harbour Aboriginal Land Council's plans become reality.
A cultural education centre and restaurant with Aboriginal influence are just part of the land council's vision for the site.
The fishing club is in liquidation and set to hand back its Jetty Foreshores Crown Land lease.
Land council chief executive Glenn Rennie said the plan for a cultural centre was still in its infancy.
"We think it's a wonderful opportunity to promote culture - and I say culture in a broader sense than just Aboriginal culture,” Mr Rennie said.
"We certainly would want to consult more broadly if we were successful, but it might involve things like a restaurant with an Aboriginal cultural hint to it, an education centre and a whole range of other things, not just to benefit the Aboriginal people but to benefit Coffs Harbour's culture.”
Mr Rennie said the site of the former fishing club was of particular importance to local Aboriginal people.
"The whole headland and harbour area is fairly significant,” he said.
"There's a lot of cultural story around it and a lot of history on the site.
"I don't know any other venue that has the same height of opportunity to not just do benefit to the Aboriginal people by way of employment and opportunities, but to also enhance the broader community's opportunities.”
Mr Rennie said he'd been discussing the plans with his board since the fishing club was wound up last month.
"All we're doing at this point is expressing our interest in the site.”
The club fell into liquidation on July 3 when the conditions of the club's deed of company arrangement were not satisfied by its expiry date.