First stage is com­plete

More than 1000 ideas con­trib­uted for Jetty Fore­shore Precinct

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS - JAS­MINE MINHAS jas­mine.minhas@coff­s­coas­tad­vo­

WITH 1600-plus com­ments sub­mit­ted from lo­cals, the first stage of the con­sul­ta­tion of the Jetty Fore­shore de­vel­op­ment is of­fi­cially closed.

Since late Fe­bru­ary, res­i­dents have been able to dis­cuss and share their ideas for the fu­ture of the Jetty Fore­shore Precinct through an on­line So­cial Pin­point plat­form.

Ac­cord­ing to Mem­ber for Coffs Har­bour An­drew Fraser, there were more than 4400 vis­its to the web­site and ideas posted from up­wards of 500 peo­ple.

“From the start we said it was crit­i­cal the com­mu­nity’s views were at the heart of any fu­ture de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

“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.

”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.”

Face-to-face ses­sions were also held last month, which at­tracted 143 peo­ple.

Some of the most popular ideas listed on the on­line plat­form in­clude re­vamp­ing the area sur­round­ing the Fish­er­man’s Co-op, raised view­ing plat­forms on the South­ern Break Wall, the in­stal­la­tion of shade sails, an out­door au­di­to­rium space and more.

The next stage of the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod will be­gin next month, when work­shops will be held to al­low the com­mu­nity to rank ideas and themes gen­er­ated from the on­line plat­form and drop-in ses­sions.

“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,” Mr Fraser said.

A fi­nal re­port will be re­leased at the end of June.

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