Coffs Harbour City Councillors have agreed to ask the property valuer to prepare a report with an estimated buying price for the land at Sandy Shores.
Coffs Harbour City Councillors have agreed to ask the property valuer to prepare a report with an estimated buying price for the land at Sandy Shores.

Sandy Shores may return to public property

COFFS Harbour City Council is taking a cautious approach to a possible bid for the Sandy Shores land at North Sandy Beach.

At Thursday's Coffs Harbour City Council meeting, seven of the nine councillors agreed to support a notice of motion put forward by Cr Bob Palmer to ask the council's property valuer to prepare a report with an estimated buying price for the land and to begin discussions on possible contributory funding with relevant state and federal government departments.

But Mayor Denise Knight struck a cautionary note when she moved for the councillors to acknowledge that the information was being prepared for the sole purpose of understanding the situation clearly and that any decision to pursue acquiring the property would not be made without a formal resolution of the council or without having been adequately informed about the issues, to provide transparency.

Possible sources of contributory funding mentioned were NSW Roads and Maritime Services; Office of Environment and Heritage; North Coast Local Land Services and the Environmental Trust.

The council wants to acquire and preserve the foreshore land on the flood-prone coastal site by adding it to the coastal park; preserve the natural ecosystem of the intermittently opening and closing Hearnes Lake and restrict housing development to a small subdivision of 30-40 blocks on higher ground within the site.

Sandy Shores Developments Pty Ltd, now in receivership, received concept approval for 200 housing lots on the site from the former State Labor planning minister Tony Kelly in 2010 under now-defunct Part 3A state planning laws.

Cr John Arkan and Cr Keith Rhoades were absent from Thursday's council meeting.



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