Coffs Harbour residents eagerly assess plans for the Coffs Harbour Jetty foreshores beautification.
Coffs Harbour residents eagerly assess plans for the Coffs Harbour Jetty foreshores beautification. Leigh Jensen

Jetty Foreshores plans met with positive response

COFFS Coast residents have given a resounding thumbs up to the concepts being considered for the rejuvenation of the Jetty Foreshores.

Between 1000 and 1500 people took the opportunity to get a sneak peek of initial design ideas when members of the Jetty Reference Group manned a display at Sunday's Harbourside Markets.

Council's director of corporate business Craig Milburn said the feedback on the day had been both encouraging and invaluable.

"I was absolutely delighted with the sheer volume of residents who came to have a look at the initial concepts for the five areas we are focused on in this first stage," Mr Milburn said.

"There was a constant stream of people, but what impressed me most was that so many of them took the time to make written comments on the day.

Mr Milburn said more than 320 submissions were now being analysed.

"The comments will be uploaded to council's website. It's fair to say that the majority were very favourable about what is being considered, but it was great to get lots of added suggestions about everything from amenities to plantings that we can now consider for the draft plan.

"That draft plan will be put to Council on March 14."

Key community stakeholders met yesterday to further workshop the concepts and to get feedback from Sunday's information session.

Sunday's sneak peek had revealed that high-rise development is not on the table for the Jetty Foreshores and instead the focus is very much on open space for community recreation and the rebuilding of the TS Vendetta base as a multi-purpose facility.

For Craig Milburn, a key priority remains to address environmental concerns.

He said improving drainage and replacing trees nearing the end of their life with more suitable species were key issues being considered.

However, there is a feeling vegetation should be retained but trimmed to a height that allows visitors to view the water.

He also indicated that new access points to the beach are on the agenda along with the construction of a swirling boardwalk set low and back from the dunes with low-growing species introduced to stabilise the foreshore.