Councillor Sally Townley questioned whether an allocation of $150,000 a year for 10 years had been set aside for the Jetty Foreshores Improvement Project.
Councillor Sally Townley questioned whether an allocation of $150,000 a year for 10 years had been set aside for the Jetty Foreshores Improvement Project. Rob Wright

Environmental Levy Program funds withdrawn from Jetty

COUNCIL has adopted a schedule of works for the 2013 Environmental Levy Program, but not before removing an allocation of funding for unspecified projects at the Jetty.

At Thursday night's Council meeting, Councillor Sally Townley questioned whether an allocation of $150,000 a year for 10 years had been set aside for the Jetty Foreshores Improvement Project.

Indeed in Council's own report it was noted that The Environmental Levy Working Group Committee "is concerned that to date there has been a lack of consultation with the Committee in relation to the possible utilisation of the limited Environmental Levy Funds for the Jetty Foreshores project."

"I believe the funds set aside for the Jetty should be used elsewhere," Cr Townley said.

Under the recommendation to Council a total of 21 environmental projects were to be funded to the tune of $1.247 million, but five which were recommended would not recieve grants in the $150,000 was side aside for Jetty projects.

Crs Cowling, Arkan, Degens and Sultana supported Cr Townley's motion that the $150,000 be redistributed from the Jetty to those five projects.

The projects funded were the restoration of grey-headed flying fox maternity camps in Coffs Harbour ($24,000); Our Living Coast Sustainable Living Festival ($29,000); Strategic Planning - Biodiversity ($44,000); Vertebrate Pest Management Strategy Implementation ($14,000) and supporting Voluntary Friends of Park to undertake environmental works in high priority Council parks and reserves ($39,000).