Jetty4Shores Walkway is taking shape

THE SEA turtle motif that will form the focal point of the Jetty4Shores Walkway is already starting to come to life as work begins on the new pathway.

Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight said this is when the real transformation of the Foreshores starts and people will be able to see the paper designs come to life.

"The walkway is the central access that will link the Jetty Strip with the historic jetty and the wider harbour. It will bring a new perspective and will open out the entire Foreshores area," Cr Knight said.

Renowned Gumbaynggirr artist Uncle Tony Hart designed the 10-metre wide sea turtle walkway motif, which will form a landscaped seating area along the pathway looking directly towards the historic jetty.

The turtle is also a symbolic link to the Solitary Islands Marine Park and ocean.

The walkway itself is to be a five-metre wide decorative concrete pathway. As well as the sea turtle artwork, the work includes:

  • Over 1,300 square metres of concrete incorporating three different colours and six different finishes.
  • Stencilled word phrases in the concrete to outline the historic jetty's history.
  • Interpretive signage to tell the story of our history, both Indigenous and European.
  • The reuse of historic rail lines that date to the industrial use of the Foreshores within the pathway.

Once the concreting has been completed , which is expected by the end of July, landscaping, lighting works and interpretive signage will be installed along the walkway.

The project is anticipated to be fully completed by September 2015.

The carpark adjacent to the historic jetty will be removed to make way for the walkway and to increase the grassed parkland along the Foreshores. However, the new carpark completed last year closer to Jordan Esplanade will provide compensatory alternative parking spaces.

Access to the historic jetty will be maintained during the works.