There's plenty of time now to submit your thoughts on the Jetty4Shores draft plan after council voted to extend the public consultation period.
There's plenty of time now to submit your thoughts on the Jetty4Shores draft plan after council voted to extend the public consultation period. Trevor Veale/The Coffs Coast Adv

Jetty4Shores consultation period extended to three months

RESIDENTS have been given an extra two months to submit their comments on the Jetty4Shore plan.

Council moved tonight that the length of public exhibition of the draft Jetty4Shores plan for the revitalisation project be extended from the proposed 28 days to three months. 

It was a motion that created plenty of debate among councillors.

While Cr Keith Rhoades argued extending the period of public consultation would be something that "chokes the Jetty Foreshore process again" and "ties it up in red tape", the response from Cr Nan Cowling was about ensuring as many people as possible have a chance to make their voice heard.

The feedback gained from the presentation of the draft concepts at the Jetty on February 17 has already seen some modifications, with car parking and traffic flow the main areas of change so far.

Crs John Arkan and Rod Degens expressed concern regarding the $15 million price tag for the project, highlighting how tight the Council budget currently is.

Funding from the Federal Government's Regional Development Fund is being sought by Council to pay for the project.

The Mayor, Cr Denise Knight, expressed a desire to keep the proposed 28 day consultation period in order to expedite the process in order to ensure the best chance of securing some of that funding.

"We have to be spade ready," Cr Knight said.

"If we get a grant of $30million to $40million we can't say hang on we're still having consultation."

While the length of public display and the semantics of checks were points for robust discussion, the desire to get the ball rolling on seeings residents view the plan was evident among all councillors.

Cr Degens said the amendments to the original motion were necessary.

"It widens the possibilities for Council to consider," Cr Degens said.

"It does not inhibit the process, it merely allows constituents a longer period of time to see the plan."

Eventually the motion to put the draft plan on public dispaly was passed as per the pre-election promises of nearly every councillor present.

As Cr Rhoades said during discussion on the matter: "It's about putting it out there for the community to have their say."