Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said there had been an overwhelming response to the consultation on the future of the Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshore precinct, and he thanked the community for its input.
“We’ve had a fantastic start to the consultation process, with more than 1600 ideas and comments generated by people who live in, work in and visit the Foreshore,” Mr Fraser said.
“From the start we said it was critical the community’s views were at the heart of any future development.
“We created the opportunity for people to have their say, and I’m pleased to see so many people have already taken up that opportunity.
“We’ve seen more than 4400 visits to the Social Pinpoint website which has captured and presented visually on a Foreshore map the ideas and comments from over 500 people.
“The data also shows people are spending on average up to 30 minutes on the website – a remarkable level of engagement that shows the strength of community interest.
“We also invited people to contribute to an online survey on the website, which has already generated 245 responses.
“On top of all of this, our face-to-face drop-in sessions at the end of March saw 143 community members and stakeholders come through the doors.”
Mr Fraser said the next step in the consultation process would be workshops held next month, which will allow the community to rank the ideas and themes generated from the first phase of the consultation period.
“Together we’ve come up with some fantastic ideas and now we need to talk about what the priorities are and how we want to rank those ideas so they reflect the needs and wants of local people,” he said.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the community in Coffs Harbour was best placed to create the vision for the Foreshore with the government doing its part to help make that happen.
“Projects like this are springing up in coastal and regional areas all over the state, and this is the stuff that helps more people see the benefits of living in regional NSW,” Mr Barilaro said.
“As a government we are doing everything we can to make regional NSW a location of choice – where people can get great jobs, run great businesses, get great education and healthcare, and of course have a great lifestyle.”
A final report on the community and stakeholder consultation process and the resulting ranked ideas will be published at the end of June 2018.
To find out more information on the project, including the history of the Jetty Foreshore precinct and the process and timing of consultation activities, please visit www.crownland.nsw.gov.au/coffsharbourforeshore.
Community members and stakeholders can also find out more about the project by calling 1800 810 680 for free, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.