Infrastructure work is scheduled to begin in mid-2021 on the NSW Government’s Coffs Harbour foreshore project.
By The Editor
This was announced yesterday by Coffs Harbour MP Gurmesh Singh who also revealed that architects have been short-listed to propose a range of designs.
Mr Singh said discussions had been ongoing with the project advisory committee on possibly renaming the area- with names such as Coffs Cove and Foreshores thrown into the mix for discussion.
The 12-member committee, includes a range of leading lights in local business, as well as political and community leaders has been asked to better align the draft plans with the community’s desires for the reinvented precinct. This was especially the case after a community backlash to the proposed retirement village where the former Fishing Club currently is.
Mr Singh this week disclosed that a wider community consultation process for the vision will also begin by mid-year.
This will occur once the committee’s changed draft plan is released to the public.
This consultation process is likely to incorporate a mix of information days, online surveys and drop-in sessions.
Mr Singh (pictured above) said that he “looked forward to continuing the conversation with the community as the project progresses”.
Mr Singh said the civil infrastructure works and public domain improvements for the precinct will start in middle of tis year. This process will be subject to approvals.
The project has been ‘fast-tracked’ after the NSW Government allocated $20m in economic stimulus funding last year.
Following a recent expression of interest campaign, the government short-listed the architects who were tasked with pitching their designs for the public domain works.
A Design Review Panel will help choose the preferred architect.
Mr Singh said he and the Project Steering Committee were “impressed with the caliber of architects and look forward to the successful architect joining the team and working with the community as we prepare to shape and deliver a thriving new waterfront precinct for Coffs Harbour”.
The steering committee recently received updated information on some of the early infrastructure works.
These are slated to include a 75-tonne marine travel lift at the former slipway site on Marina Drive which is due for completion late this year. In addition the boat ramp upgrade is included too and is planned to be finished in late 2022.
The ramp upgrade is scheduled to occur over two stages.
The first stage will include the extension of the breakwater, the broadening of the boat ramp, some new pontoons and also extra dredging. The second stage will include new amenities, car parking, recreational furniture, landscaping and pathways.
In their February meeting the steering committee discussed how the precinct should be identified and branded in the future. There was an emphasis on the importance of factors such as dining with views, indigenous experiences and also ways to conceal the railway more.
Those who wish to discuss the precinct revitalisation can do so by contacting Project Advisory Steering Committee members at [email protected]