The Jetty Foreshores Reference Group met at the Deep Sea Fishing Club on Wednesday to discuss concepts which may be incorporated into the final design to be presented to the public. Photo: Rob Wright
The Jetty Foreshores Reference Group met at the Deep Sea Fishing Club on Wednesday to discuss concepts which may be incorporated into the final design to be presented to the public. Photo: Rob Wright Rob Wright

Jetty Foreshore action could start late next year

HOPES are high work on the Jetty Foreshore upgrade could begin in the second half of 2013.

After today's meeting of the Jetty Foreshore reference group, Coffs Harbour City Council's director of corporate business, Craig Milburn, revealed the timeline the group believes is attainable to get work started sooner rather than later.

"What we're trying to do through this process is have something we can do a community workshop with in February, public exhibition in March/April, adopted by council in May, start getting something happening by the second half of 2013 physically on the ground," Mr Milburn said.

The reference group put forward strong arguments both for and against some of the early proposals during "a positive meeting" but the members know attaining a result where everyone is completely satisfied is an impossibility in such a large and diverse community like the one the Coffs Coast enjoys.

Mr Milburn said the community will have a good opportunity to put forward their ideas and comments as well but he hopes locals don't reject the concept because there's one or two things they don't agree with.

"A lot of people need to move away from either I totally agree or I totally disagree to can I live with it? If we can live with it, let's get on with it," he said.

The director of corporate business added a major hurdle to overcome in the coming months is securing a large slice of funding from Canberra.

"We're after $5million from Regional Development Australia and Council putting in $5million," he said.

"Council will need to make a decision if they're not successful with the grant whether they will continue with their $5million.

"If they do it's then how we procure and do the detailed design work to actually implement the work."

With the decision making process on Federal funding completely out of their hands, Mr Milburn said council isn't confident of gaining the funds but is justifiably optimistic.

"We've got to be in to have a chance," he said.

"We think we've got a regionally significant program and we believe it's got merit for the Federal Government to fund it.

"It's probably biased but it's probably the most significant thing in our region that's on the drawing board and on that basis it's got good merit to be funded."