Recently via a letter in the Coffs Coast Advocate it came to light that the Coffs Harbour City Council had sent a delegation to Geelong on a ‘fact finding visit’.
By the Editor
A column in The Bellarine Free News by Geelong Councillor James Taylor stated;
“Last week we received some very positive feedback about where we’re headed as a region.
A group of staff and councillors from Coffs Harbour City Council visited for two days, taking a close look at several of Geelong’s significant locations and the major projects we’re working on.
Coffs Harbour Council has many similarities to us in that they’re developing their waterfront so it’s a great place for tourists and locals to visit, and also planning for cultural facilities and a new civic hub.
During their stay the group was given a detailed tour and briefing on the Geelong Waterfront (pictured left), before visiting our arts and culture precinct, taking in the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, Geelong Art Gallery and GPAC.
City staff also showed the group around the CBD to explain the revitalisation work we’re doing as we aim to attract more people to live, work, shop and do business in central Geelong.
The delegation was very impressed with what they saw and learned – particularly in regards to Deakin University, the expansion of Avalon Airport, and the way we’re using the region’s natural assets to our advantage.”
The relevant Geelong Council minutes went on to state that;
“The Mayor welcomed a group of twelve delegates from Coffs Harbour City Council which included the Mayor, four Councillors and seven staff. The delegation are in Geelong on a two day study tour looking at a variety of projects, in particular the Geelong Waterfront Precinct, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, Geelong Art Gallery, Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Central Geelong Revitalisation, including Laneway Activation and Green Spine” (My emphasis added).
One presumes that the delegation was looking at these Geelong projects with a view to the CBD project in Coffs Harbour, the Jetty re-development and also the proposed new Council Chambers/Library/Art Gallery in Gordon Street?
However this is just a presumption on my behalf. I could well be wrong. Having done a search on the CHCC website using multiple versions of the words ‘visit, delegation and Geelong’, I am none the wiser because I have been unable to find a report to Councillors on this visit. Or anything else for that matter. It may be that I am using the wrong search terms.
Nevertheless what did this group of 12 discover that would be of value to the ratepayers of Coffs Harbour who presumably paid for this visit? And shouldn’t visits and ‘fact finding missions’ such as this be subject to some form of formal, easy to locate, public report?
Otherwise what is the point of it all?
Below are 4 photos of the delegation’s visit to Geelong by the CHCC delegation. Sourced from Facebook – Cr Swan’s page.