$1.1m Jetty facelift taking shape

CONCEPT designs have been released of some of the key elements of Coffs Harbour Council’s imminent makeover of the Jetty Foreshores. 

The mayor, Cr Keith Rhoades, said the $1.1 million facelift of the foreshore reserve and parkland, which was endorsed at Thursday night’s council meeting, will renew and revitalise one of the city’s most popular family and visitor destinations.

“The reserve is one of the best used parts of the Jetty Foreshore and provides a great venue for picnics, birthday parties, sports activities, and as a spot for family and friends to simply catch up over a barbecue,” Cr Rhoades said.

“It’s also a magnet for visitors.

“By carrying out this major refurbishment we’re going to be able to give the area an update that, I’m sure, will see it become an even more popular place for people of all ages and interests to enjoy.”

The council got a $457,000 grant from the Federal Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program for the upgrade.

That sum has been matched by the council and increased to $600,000 with funds from the Future Fund Internal Reserve.

A further $50,000 is being provided from the State Parks Trust, taking the total to $1,107,000.

The upgrade, which will begin immediately, will cover the areas east of the Jordan Esplanade and west of the dunal system along the open foreshore parkland.

The works to be carried out include:

• Connection to the city sewerage system.
• Refurbishment of two amenity blocks.
• Upgrading and replacement of 16 barbecues, plus upgraded lighting and power in the shelters.
• Demolition and replacement of a number of picnic shelters.
• Appropriate drainage.
• Upgrades to the showers.
• Grading and turfing.
• Installation of bollards.
• General cleaning and painting.
• The installation of a directional sign at the Jordan Esplanade roundabout.

Coffs Coast Advocate  |  Graeme Singleton | 18th April 2011