The Norm Jordan Pavilion was packed to the rafters last night for a public meeting, called by former Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser, to discuss plans for the city’s Culture and Civic Space.
The majority of the estimated 400 to 450 people gathered at last night’s meeting voted for former Coffs Harbour MP’s Andrew Fraser’s motion to call on the Coffs Harbour City Council to consider all proposals for the local cultural facilities.
It also asked in the motion, moved by former President of the Chamber of Commerce Peter Lubans, that;
“The council gives consideration to some or all of these facilities to be located at City Hill, which was originally purchased by the council from the Federal government for cultural purposes.”
Two people, including former Greens Coffs Harbour candidate Jonathan Cassell, opposed the motion.
Parking, the basis behind the assumptions forming the reasoning for the proposed centre, its location and co-location with the council chambers and concerns about the proposed asset sales for funding and the projected and ongoing cost of the proposed Cultural and Civic Space development were key talking points over the two-hour forum.
Speakers in addition to Mr Fraser included Steve Gooley (below), General Manager of the Bachrach Naumburger Group and GM of Park Beach Plaza, former barrister Peter Wardman and Councillor Keith Rhodes. Additional short speeches were also given by John Orchard
What can you do now?
Ratepayers were also strongly urged to attend the Council meeting next Thursday 25 July at Council Chambers at 5.00 p.m. to show Councillors of their concerns about the Gordon Street proposal.
Additionally ratepayers are urged to send respectful and succinct emails outlining their issues on the topic to Councillors Townley, Addendorf and Ceccatto with a cc to all other Councillors too by the morning of Thursday 25 July.
Here are the email addresses of all Coffs Harbour City Councillors;
Also please get down to Coffs Central, Depot Cafe, on Monday 22 July between 10.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. and talk respectfully to Councillors Amos, Arkan, Rhodes, Swan and Townley about your thoughts on the current Cultural- Civic Centre precinct in Gordon Street.
A Triple M Coffs Coast interview with Andrew Fraser held after last night’s meeting can be listened to here; https://www.triplem.com.au/news/coffs