Development advocacy body UDIA has placed the future of Coffs Harbour Jetty on the table as a NSW Election issue.
Development advocacy body UDIA has placed the future of Coffs Harbour Jetty on the table as a NSW Election issue. Leigh Jensen

Chapter puts Jetty4Shores on the table as NSW Election issue

WITH Coffs Harbour Jetty due to host one of its biggest annual events this weekend with the staging of the bcu Coffs Tri, a peak industry body has issued a statement certain to make the future of the precinct a NSW Election issue.

The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) North Coast Chapter has called for funding toward the Coffs Harbour Jetty4Shores project to be allocated in the next State Government budget.

In a letter to State Planning Minister Pru Goward and Shadow Planning Minister and Leader of the Opposition Luke Foley, the UDIA called for a commitment to funding the project in the next Budget.

UDIA North Coast president Simon Waterworth said the Coffs Harbour electorate is long overdue for a decent allocation of infrastructure funds.

"The Jetty4Shores project is an ideal way for the State Government to show it supports economic development in regional areas," he said.

"State and Federal Governments should not be dragging their feet on supporting the Jetty4Shores project.

"Currently, this region suffers from a major jobs deficit with many young people having to move away to find work.

"Too often businesses are also closing down because of trade difficulties.

"Jetty4Shores is transformational project that will help attract more tourists, and in turn, more support for local businesses, and flow-on employment."

Mr Waterworth commended Coffs Harbour City Council on funding stage one of the project but is calling on the State and Federal Governments to assist maintaining the momentum.

"Locals waited a long time to see work start on Jetty4Shores, and we don't want to wait several more years to see stage two," Mr Waterworth added.