A group of community members met last week to discuss the proposed Council Chambers/Cultural Centre development.
This was not a public meeting but an initial discussion with the aim of deciding what to do next regarding Council’s decision to proceed to the next stage of this proposed Gordon Street development.
The group, known as ‘Citizens’ Voice’ is fully supportive of improved cultural facilities such as a library, art gallery and museum and also a genuine performing arts centre but it is strongly opposed to various aspects of the Gordon Street Council Chambers/Cultural Centre development as is currently proposed by the Coffs Harbour City Council. As a result the group wishes to pause the progress of this development to allow for more meaningful community consultation and to assess other options.
A brand new petition has now been launched with the aim of gathering signatures of support from at least 10,000 residents of the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area for submission to the State Legislative Assembly in Sydney.
This petition is available for signing at the Park Beach Plaza Information Desk or The Art Shop. It must have real signatures on it in order to be presented to the legislative assembly so cannot be an online petition.
Copies of the petition are also available from The Art Shop during business hours:
The Art Shop,
Unit 2/151 Orlando Street,
Coffs Harbour (behind Cetnag Lighting next door to Vast Interiors)
Completed or semi completed petitions should be returned to the office of Coffs Harbour’s State Member – Gurmesh Singh MP in Park Avenue, Coffs Harbour.
Citizen’s Voice stress that this is a totally new petition as previous ones referred to the Rescission Motion which was before Council at that time and that handwritten signatures are required to make it valid.
Citizen’s Voice asks that if you signed the previous petition that you now sign the current one too.
A similar strategy is currently being adopted in Port Macquarie by ratepayers in response to a Council proposal there to build an orbital road that has become very controversial. You can read about that here: https://www.portnews.com.au/story/6325109/orbital-road-alliance-hits-petition-milestone-as-council-looks-at-all-options/