Mayor’s call for Jetty ho­tel

Knight’s pitch for ho­tel at Jetty Fore­shore

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - FRONT PAGE - JAS­MINE MINHAS jas­mine.minhas@coff­s­coas­tad­vo­cate.com.au

IF YOU ask Mayor Denise Knight, the for­mer Deep Sea Fish­ing Club would be the per­fect site to house a new ho­tel for Coffs Har­bour.

The mayor raised the idea when re­flect­ing on the State Gov­ern­ment’s newly re­leased con­cept plans to de­velop the Jetty Fore­shore, which is Crown land, and she said she’s con­tent with the plans as far as the com­mu­nity is in­volved.

Cr Knight has been in­stru­men­tal in bring­ing the coun­cil’s own plans to re­de­velop parts of the Jetty Fore­shore into fruition af­ter 30 years of it re­main­ing rel­a­tively un­touched – ar­guably one of her great­est achieve­ments to date.

She said she was happy to see the build­ing heights capped to five storeys and the land east of Jor­dan Es­planade un­touched.

“The con­sul­ta­tion seems to have been quite ex­ten­sive and I think us­ing in­de­pen­dent con­sul­tants to do it was a good idea. So far so good, but it all comes down to lis­ten­ing to what the com­mu­nity has got to say,” Cr Knight said.

“I don’t want to see the fore­shore overdeveloped, that’s my own per­sonal opin­ion. Even though you can’t own a view, peo­ple that live down at the Jetty are en­ti­tled to at least some view. We have to be very mind­ful.”

Coffs Har­bour Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Mar­tin Wells last week told The Ad­vo­cate the cham­ber had en­vi­sioned a “big name” ho­tel at the fore­shore, but the five-storey cap would prevent this from hap­pen­ing.

Cr Knight, how­ever, did not agree a large ho­tel should be built in the area.

“I think that if there was a big name ho­tel in­ter­ested in Coffs Har­bour and be­ing at the fore­shore, they would at least think about the long-term lease for the for­mer Deep Sea Fish­ing Club. That would be the per­fect place for a ho­tel,” Cr Knight said.

“Yes ac­com­mo­da­tion is def­i­nitely needed, and I’m no ex­pert, but I think we have to be care­ful. To lob it down at the fore­shore at what­ever height, that wouldn’t be ac­cept­able.

“If there was a Ry­dges or some­one in­ter­ested, let them go into an ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est at the Deep Sea Fish­ing Club.”

What Cr Knight does en­vi­sion to com­ple­ment coun­cil’s Jet­ty4Shores pro­ject is eater­ies along the va­cant land west of Jor­dan Es­planade.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to see some cafes and restau­rants, and bed and break­fast ac­com­mo­da­tion but on the ap­pro­pri­ate land which of course is west of Jor­dan Es­planade.

“Alfresco eat­ing, cof­fee shops, ice cream­eries – you know, lots of fun stuff.”

I DON’T WANT TO SEE THE FORE­SHORE OVERDEVELOPED, THAT’S MY OWN PER­SONAL OPIN­ION. MAYOR DENISE KNIGHT

Photo: Trevor Veale

Coffs Har­bour Mayor Denise Knight.

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