Coffs Harbour Mayor Cr Denise Knight with CBD Masterplan chairman Rod McKelvey.
Coffs Harbour Mayor Cr Denise Knight with CBD Masterplan chairman Rod McKelvey. Trevor Veale

Revised terms of reference puts Coffs mayor on CBD committee

COFFS Harbour Mayor Denise Knight has been appointed to the City Centre Masterplan Committee.

Councillors adopted the committee's revised terms of reference and amended one clause to include two members who are retailers or business operators but not property owners, in place of the current one member in this category.

The chairman of the City Centre Masterplan Committee, Rod McKelvey addressed councillors and answered questions during Thursday's Coffs Harbour City Council meeting.

Cr Garry Innes, whose wife owns a business which competes with others in the CBD, left the chamber for this item.

Mr McKelvey said the voluntary committee and the contributions from skilled professionals had saved up to $150,000 for consultants, which could now be used for infrastructure.

He strongly recommended only 50% of the committee should be replaced at the end of its two-year term, due to the need for continuity, both to the work now underway and the extensive changes taking place inside the council.

Mr McKelvey said it was important to have the roles of the council and committee well defines to avoid wastage and delays.

He was not convinced more retail members were needed because of the low level of interest in the retail enterprise group set up by the committee and the fact the master plan was basically an infrastructure plan.



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