Coffs Coast Business, Local

Retirement, residential and accommodation included in State Govt’s new jetty concept plan

MPs Gurmesh Singh and Melinda Pavey have unveiled a Draft Concept Plan for the future of the Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshores.

Included is a plan to convert the old Deep Sea Fishing Club site to retirement living and complimentary hospitality facilities.

The proposed plan launched today.

The marina precinct would be overhauled to include a mix of retail, serviced apartments, residential and function space, plus enhancement of the existing Yacht Club site.

North of Marina Drive – currently car parking – would be transformed to a mix of office and commercial buildings, short-stay accommodation and residential.

Go to the comments box below and tell us about your initial thoughts of the plan.


First published at the ABC Coffs Coast Facebook page.

A 12 person steering committee has also been announced .

The 12-member Project Steering Advisory Committee is made up from business, political and community leaders and is tasked with helping shape a development which will transform the Jetty Foreshore.

The committee is;

Councillors Paul Amos and George Cecato.

Louise McMeeking. – Director North Coast Regional Development

Clark Webb – Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation executive officer and co-founder of AIME.

Ann Leonard – 2019 State election candidate.

Bob St John and Commodore John Wait – Yacht Club Manager and commodore (Mr Wait is also Vice President of FOSSIL)

Catherine Fowler – a Digital marketing consultant

Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce president Ray Smith,

Pier Hotel-owner Warren Skinner,

Local developer and Coffs Comets club president Steve Gooley, and;

Latitude 30 owner Marcus Blackwell.


  1. Put toilets in the park down near Southwall so you don’t have to drive all the way back down at the other end to make it easier for people who have young kids and elderly people who can’t make it to the bathroom

  2. Sandra Robinson

    Where is the parking. There is insufficient parking now and you plan to take all the northern parking for medium density shops and residential. Where are the new business people customers and residents supposed to park . This is a ghastly plan with significant environmental consequences. Who benefits?

  3. Surely a few grand could be spent on investigating puting down a bore and irrigating the grass in the area north of the Jetty. The grass always looks dead and really is an embarrassment.

  4. This fantastic , its already started with controversy with retirement village on fishing rec area. I would like to nominate two professional consultants in this area of planning and development for the committee. I realise they are not born and breed ,but maybe thats an advantage .They are H G nelson and James Valentine , highly experienced in dealing with difficult ratepayers and troublemakers. H G Nelson s mantra is clear .No start dates /no finish dates and no fixed costs .He is right onto pecuniary interests, he hates dodgy developers and corporate piss ups and preferred tenderers ,he understands project management after sorting out the problems with the light rail and the stadium in Sydney .Let the games begin with fights over crown land , state land and council land , who has jurisdiction . Ratepayers will love it .

  5. Disagree with turning the fish club into yet another retirement place… We just getting the one built in Arthur st, also no offices, we have enough empty offices now in cbd, this area should be developed for the use of everyone who lives here and visits. To get the most out of the area it needs to be used for public use. Toilets both at gallows and southwall, more parking, we don’t need to look like the Gold Coast, people come here because we don’t look like that.
    Open areas. Open it up more people come to the beaches, not offices etc. Listen to what the people asked for in the have your say program, or was that for nothing.

  6. Being an Independent candidate in the state election has been a minuscule part of my life. I am a local business person of 29 years. A member of Coffs Coast Outriggers and the Yatch Club 16 years. President Coffs Harbour Arts Council and proud mother of a woman who grew up and was educated here. The Jetty precinct has been a very large part of my recreational life and has been a large part of my families life. I hope I can be a good representative for the people who use this area.

  7. Sandra Martin

    NO just NO! This is community land for the community. The ‘Fishing Club’ must stay as an area for the community – not a retirement for an elite few! You only have to see how many locals and tourists enjoy and utilise this magnificent area for its views, dining, entertainment and functions. Develop the ‘Fishing Club’ to be an ultimate destination for all the community to utilise and enjoy.
    There is no other vantage point along the coast which has these magnificent views and you want to develop it for an elite few.
    Get rid of the high rise buildings, if we wanted that we would live on the Gold Coast. You are taking away so many car parking areas which you would see are often full especially on weekends and holidays. Once this area is developed there’s no turning back. Where is the common sense in this whole draft plan? We do need a toilet block near the south wall and better fish and boat cleaning facilities at the boat ramp, so incorporate this into the plan whilst removing the retirement village, upgrade the car parking area near the north wall and maybe include low rise retail and accommodation, remove all high rise accommodation, maintain the grass and gardens with watering systems and people would still flock to the area to enjoy all it has to offer.
    What I also can’t understand is why are locals supporting this development unless they maybe have an interest in the area?!
    The whole of the community are entitled to use this awesome part of the coast in it’s peaceful and family friendly environment. Just PLEASE listen to the community and ratepayers and stop this appalling destruction of our beautiful piece of the Australian coastline.

  8. 40cmPedestalFan

    “I’ve got a good idea. This should go here.”

    That’s it. That’s the limit of creative thinking we experience in Australia when planning the areas in which we live. And that means planning the areas that will affect us now, and in the future, and includes generational others. There are just a handful of towns and cities in Australia that underwent thoughtful, creative design from the outset. Most as we know are a patchwork of making-do as the towns increase in population. The most obvious example of this is a town with a main street that increased in population for that main street to become a ribbon development and then a CBD. Citizens live farther and farther away and commute in and out of that CBD.

    Clever, isn’t it? Want some infrastructure to boost the economy? Don’t have a plan. You’re then guaranteed in short time (relative for a city’s growth) to have all sorts of tunnels and bridges and spaghetti road loops and viaducts. Woohoo! Modern? Oh yeah, this latest tunnel has got computer system exhaust fans that turn on when a travelling priest passes wind! Talk about sensitive to the human condition.

    We build our homes in square boxes. That’s who we are. Square boxes of insensitive compartmentalised thought. Emotion? Oh, that’s stress. There are drugs for that. Or, if you’re really modern and an advanced thinker, you can go back a few thousand years and recapture the ability to meditate for your wellbeing – see, that’s an even better way to cope with the world we have created in which to live.

    Those of us who can, of course. Those of us with sufficient societal funds and opportunities to have the choice.

    So what do we choose? Basic, basic, basic stuff. “This would be good for that.”

    And so we have our brilliant, highly thoughtful and creative brand new Jetty “Plan”. And steered by highly creative planners.

    “Any chance we can put this here?”

    Our own little nondescript patchwork.

    Here’s a couple of questions that were never asked, when this “plan” was put together. And let’s not confuse or conflate a “plan” with a “patchwork”.

    “What can we do to create something extraordinary?”
    (Please note the proper use of the word ‘extraordinary’)

    “What can we do that puts our design on the creative map, so planners from all round the world come here to learn about how we did this?”
    (This occurred after the design of a certain Australian city – I won’t mention it as good planning is such a lost cause in this country, as indeed worldwide, that mentioning it runs high risk of kneejerk reaction. Guess, though? Which Australian city, living up to its birth standard, attracted the ‘best’ planners from the most advanced countries to come and learn from it?)

    And so we go. “Let’s put this here.”

    And so our unremarkable patchwork in a most remarkable location trundles into being.

    Steered, of course!

    To suggest something positive here also runs the risk of trying to fit a creative peg into a square hole, but here’s a recommendation: submit the patchwork to someone like Elizabeth Farrelly and tell her it’s your plan.
    And if you don’t like the response you imagine, then tear it up and do it again, with those two questions above in mind.

    And to go one step better again, do what the above non-mentioned city did when it asked “What are the natural features here to respect and enhance?”
    (That doesn’t mean putting something in the patched work to look at a view.)

    But why bother. Basic, easy-to-do patchwork stuff and the minds that deal in this while using words like “plan” and “creative” and “amenity” and all the terms meant to live on a more elevated plane will always win out over ingenuity and brilliance.

    Except of course in certain circumanstances – and while Coffs has ever had the opportunities to be brilliant, and it does today with this Jetty location and the ‘cultural’ proposition, it has never taken them. Coffs had a sawmill right here where we’re talking on this issue, and to this day the town grew into a city and has remained just as nondescript and tawdry as it did then.

    And you know what? At every stage the designers and “planners” thought they were doing something remarkable. People don’t come here for what the human element has provided. (They suffer that.)

    Basic patchworking under any guise is just that and if it weren’t for our region’s natural beauty words such of these of lamentable criticism would mean something.

  9. Tegan Hollier

    One of my favourite things to do on the weekend is head down to the Jetty markets. As these markets are so popular, parking is already an issue. I see no plans to put in extra car parking that is accessible to people who are not staying in the planned accommodation or using the planned commercial spaces. The only car parking I see is tucked away behind the hotel and commercial space. Are people attending the markets, walking their dog at the beach, going for a run over mutton bird or heading down for fish and chips going to be able to access this parking? And with all the other people in the area staying at the new accommodation and using the new shops – is there going to be enough parking for locals to enjoy this space as they do now?
    I am all for upgrading this area, but people of Coffs Harbour love living here and love visiting here because it’s simple, quiet, natural.
    Keep that in mind please before you make your final plans. I’d hate to see this area ruined because of a small few being money hungry.

  10. ‘ Hear yea ‘ ‘Hear yea ‘ Abandon all hope those who enter here, if you are thinking common sense will prevail with planning for our beloved Beach Front , $$$$ I think not !

  11. I agree with Sandra Martin. This is the heart and soul of Coffs Harbour. No buildings, offices, high rises. This is Open Space for The People. Not the elite. We need that open area for parking. It is the overflow for the Sunday markets (hundreds of cars park in the ‘boot sale’ area; there is no other space). The development is for the elite. Indeed, where will beach goers, visitors with trailers in tow, etc, etc, park? Make over the CBD with its empty buildings but please leave this area alone! Definitely more toilets South Wall, Gallows. But the plans for this whole area are absolutely appalling!! Yes, listen to the community! Let’s petition the government to stop this atrocity.

  12. Debra Robinson

    I work as a community services worker and visit the jetty area – sometimes three times a day with mobile clients with disabilities. We rely on the relaxed, natural environment to create ‘good vibes’. We regularly see sea birds, turtles, whales, dolphins and the clients view this experience as calming, whilst getting exercise and fresh air. The ambience of the area is something which many locals view as extremely unique.
    Please do not opt for the over-developed plan. People who live and work here should have a say in helping to retain this precious spot.
    Byron Bay township, Port Douglas and the Gold Coast have changed markedly over the last 30 years – please do not try to imitate these locations as they are now.
    Also RedC events at the old Deep Sea Fishing Club attracts many locals for lunch and music events. This is a community based organisation which feeds profits back into to the community.

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