What will 2016 bring to Coffs?
COFFS Harbour is in line for a prosperous 2016, according to the council's general manager Steve McGrath.
After a year of challenges, Mr McGrath says 2016 will be more about carrying out major projects as the council enters a new business model under its Transformation to Sustainability program.
T2S will involve the loss of 20-30 staff as part of processes designed to deliver about $3.5million of annual ongoing savings.
Mr McGrath said T2S accompanied other measures to meet targets in the State Government's Fit for the Future reforms, including the recently implemented rate rise.
However, Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser this week expressed scepticism at the measures as he called for the council's submission to the State Government "to be re-looked at."
"At the end of the day we've got huge rate increases, which is basically, I believe, made Coffs Harbour City Council Fit for the Future (and) doesn't necessarily reflect the true position of council," he said.
But Mr McGrath said positive results would begin to be seen in the coming year.
"Thirty-five years of rate pegging legislation and 25years of cost shifting from Federal and State government have put restraints on local government (and) council has been working through a major change program well before the Fit for the Future reforms were announced," he said.
"The rate rise will fund infrastructure renewal and maintenance. Our aim is to be delivering 95-100% of our capital works program annually," he said.
Mr McGrath said other major projects to start in 2016 would include the next stages of the $9.2m Jetty Foreshores development.