THE VIEW: Latitude 30 owner Marcus Blackwell said the winning views will not be affected by an upgraded breakwall.
THE VIEW: Latitude 30 owner Marcus Blackwell said the winning views will not be affected by an upgraded breakwall. David Barwell

Harbour businesses show support for northern breakwall

BUSINESS owners have shown their support for upgrades to Coffs Harbour's northern breakwall amid a mountain of confusion over the plan's details.

Business owner Marcus Blackwell - whose Latitude 30 restaurant faces onto the breakwall - said he had not shared concerns that ocean views would be impacted by the $2.5million upgrade.

'Every time we get a big storm the rocks get washed into the back wash and into the marina," he said.

"The breakwall won't be higher than it was 12 years ago before the boulders started to fall way.

"The wall will now have a bigger gradient that will try and break the waves before it hits over the top - it will only improve the safety of the harbour."

Artist impressions released by Crown Lands show the breakwall development will reach 0.8m outside Mr Blackwell's restaurant, rising to 1.5m between the Fish Co-op and Muttonbird Island.

Mr Blackwell said the walk would continue to cater for the estimated 100,000 tourists who utilise the walkway each year.

While some disruption is expected during construction, Mr Blackwell welcomed plans for the footpath to be widened towards the beach.

"Everybody who comes to Coffs Harbour wants to come and look at the harbour," he said.

"Sadly the harbour has been neglected over the last few years (so) the plans have to be an improvement of what's there at the moment."

Mr Blackwell said it was also good news for the anglers whose boats should be afforded added protection.



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