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Here's what civic leaders had to say about the CBD plan

Here's what civic leaders had to say about the Coffs Harbour CBD Masterplan.
Here's what civic leaders had to say about the Coffs Harbour CBD Masterplan. Trevor Vealethe Coffs Coast Adv

Rod McKelvey

CBD Masterplan Committee

"I find it totally incredible that these councillors, only months ago, voted to put the draft plan on public exhibition and none of them raised any concerns at the time, or any time since."

"By taking this decision, these councillors have shown they have no recognition of what the community wants.

"The shade sails and the lift would have provided more parking and improved access to the CBD for the elderly, the disabled and mothers.

"Moving the Entertainment Centre to Lower City Hill flies in the face of the council's own Settlement Plan and 2030 vision.

"I have never heard of the existence of this 2500-signature petition.

"If it existed why didn't Cr Cowling bring it to the attention of the committee, and why did she vote for the plan to go on public display?

"It just doesn't add up."

Denise Knight

Mayor

"I am duty bound to stand behind a majority decision of council, but I must say I am bitterly disappointed that the issues which were brought up were never raised in public forums or at the regular briefings of councillors.

"If they had been, we could have worked to address them.

"I feel like this was an orchestrated ambush and I am dismayed at the way the community has been treated."

Roger Pryce

CBD businessman

"The nonsensical decision made by those councillors who voted to not accept the committee's decision should send alarm bells ringing to not only the CBD ratepayers, but to anyone who has any interest in the future of Coffs Harbour."

"As a councillor, if recommendations are made by qualified, experienced people, qualified and experienced in the specific area that they have been asked to make a recommendation about, there should surely be something in the back of your head that is suggesting that these people may be better informed and qualified to make a decision on this matter than you are."

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