$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

Muttonbird Island now a resource

GIIDANY Miirlarl is a name Coffs Coast residents will widely come to know now that a new outdoor interpretive art and education space has been opened at the base of Muttonbird Island.

Taking on the local Gumbaynggirr name given to the area, the project has seen a significant tourist attraction established at the base of the island. National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) ranger Ann Walton said the facility showcases the island and its significance to the local Gumbaynggirr people.

“The new area will also provide an open space for discovery tours, school tours and live performances,” Ms Walton said.

Renowned Aboriginal language teacher Michael Jarrett of the Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Cultural Co-operative Centre at Nambucca Heads has explained the significance of the site to local Aboriginal people.

“Giidnay Miirlarl, at the base of Muttonbird Island, translates to mean the moon place, and refers to the reef that is seen near the island,” Mr Jarrett said. “It was a special site used for hunting expeditions where muttonbirds were gathered as a food source.”

The new facility is located at the base of Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve on the end of the northern break wall of Coffs Harbour Jetty and is now available to the public.

At an official opening on Thursday night, local elders unveiled the facility.

The $320,000 project has been funded by the Commonwealth Government through the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations’ Jobs Fund program.

The funding was awarded to the Arts Mid North Coast in partnership with the Coffs Harbour City Council, the Department of Environment Climate Change and Water through the Coffs Coast Area, Garlambirla Guyuu Girrwaa (Coffs Harbour Elders) and the Coffs Harbour Local Aboriginal Land Council.

 Coffs Coast Advocate | 4th April 2011