The Coffs Coast Advocate - - FRONT PAGE - MATT DEANS

THERE is no un­der­stat­ing the Coffs Coast has moved ahead as one of New South Wales’ fastest-de­vel­op­ing re­gional cities in 2017.

The $1.2 bil­lion to­tal of the 10 ma­jor projects we’ve listed to­day, span­ning across pri­vate and public as­sets and in­fra­struc­ture, highlights an era of huge growth and de­vel­op­ment.

Mayor Denise Knight said with­out a doubt 2017 had been the high­light year of her lo­cal gov­ern­ment career in terms of growth and de­vel­op­ment across the city.

“Ab­so­lutely, no ques­tion about it,” Cr Knight said.

“I think it comes down to the fact we did our home­work prop­erly over four years and now it’s time to cut the rib­bons.

“Coffs Har­bour is open for busi­ness.

“There have been many other projects – the new Gor­don St in­ter­sec­tion and drainage works there, the Duke St ex­ten­sion, the air­port tar­mac ex­ten­sion and ter­mi­nal up­grade, light­ing at Ma­clean St, the new men’s shed, many new amenity blocks, the new laun­dry at the com­mu­nity vil­lage, the Fitzroy St sport­ing pavil­ion opened just this week and res­o­lu­tion on an arts and en­ter­tain­ment precinct ... too many to name.”

Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Ge­orge Ce­cato said the growth re­flected a shared de­sire among com­mu­nity and busi­ness lead­ers to see Coffs Har­bour be­come a premier re­gional city.

“I’ve been in town 26 years and yes, def­i­nitely 2016–17 have been the best years of cap­i­tal ap­proval that I have seen in Coffs Har­bour,” Mr Ce­cato said.

“But there is still a large wish list to come. I be­lieve Coffs Har­bour is on the verge of greater op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

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