CCO has noticed in the past few weeks that some supporters of the current CCS proposal in Gordon Street seem to be ramping up attacks of opponents on local social media.
Why that is seemed necessary given the recent DA approval is a matter of conjecture.
The attacks seem to increasingly be of an ad hominen nature and in some instances make suggestions about some opponents of the CCS that would draw howls of derisive laughter from those who genuinely know those under attack so ludicrous and far fetched are the claims being made.
One of the more common claims being made though is that the opponents of the CCS are essentially “anti-progress” and “anti-culture”, in spite of the term ‘culture’ having very broad meanings.
CCO believes this to be absurd.
It is something we addressed, in part, in an Editorial on 4 July 2019 but we believe needs to be re-stated again now.
Below we re-publish the relevant part of that editorial which we believe is even more appropriate today;
“The current Mayor campaigned at both elections in which she ran for Mayor stating as a priority that she would ensure Coffs Harbour and surrounding areas got a respectable Entertainment Centre.
As Cr Amos points out no such thing is proposed for 23-32 Gordon Street. An Entertainment Centre is not part of the proposal.
In fact it could be argued that the proposed new building is predominantly a new Civic Centre and Council administration building.*
Do we need a new Art Centre? Most definitely yes!
Do we need a new Library? Again yes.
Do we need a new space for a Museum? Yes again!
Do we need a new Entertainment Centre? Most definitely yes. But where is it? It seems to have completely ‘dropped off the radar’.
Councillors need to think long and hard about all the points above both before and on 11 July.
The last word should be left to CCO commentator Gabrielle Brabander’s statement:
Are you, as Councillors prepared to overburden ratepayers and residents by allowing the (justifiable) need for better art and library facilities to be hijacked by this monster project devoid of real focus, and in the wrong location?“
First published here at CCO on July 4 2019. See the full editorial at; https://coffscoastoutlook.com.au/?p=32027
*Council and others argue the Council Administration only makes up 30% of the building which may be true.
However the new Council administration component also added 110% to the estimated original cost of a proposed Art Gallery/Museum/Library which went from a projected $35.3m to $76.3m and climbing.
On financial grounds alone that makes the Council Administration component a predominant cost factor in the new building.
It ain’t rocket science!