Community shapes future of Coffs Jetty foreshore

NSW Nationals

Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh at the Jetty Foreshore with The Observatory Apartments manager Lydia Crossingham (left) and Project Steering Advisory Committee member Cath Fowler

The draft masterplan for the revitalisation of the Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshore is being refined with even greater focus on open space, support for local businesses, and tourism opportunities following extensive community consultation.

Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said the government has updated the draft masterplan in line with community feedback to create more public benefits now and into the future.

“We’re moving forward with a 20-year vision to create a vibrant foreshore precinct, boosting tourism and ensuring Coffs Harbour remains a must-see North Coast destination for locals and visitors to enjoy,” Mr Singh said.

“Following consultation, of the total site area, 39% is enhanced existing vegetation, 35% is dedicated to open space and public domain, 20% is for parking and roads, and 6% is being developed (3% for tourism uses, 1.5% for residential and 1.5% for commercial and community uses).

“Open space is a key focus of the refined draft plan, which will increase the Foreshore Parklands with more than 15% of additional green open space – equivalent to 2.5 football fields – including multi-purpose courts for community use.

“A greater proportion of the currently fenced off rail lands are also proposed to be dedicated to public open space, and a portion of Jordan Esplanade will be realigned to allow for a new landscaped amphitheatre, providing space for community use, events and displays.”

The next step will be undertaking further technical studies to develop a final masterplan before lodging the rezoning proposal with the Department of Planning and Environment.

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