PROJECTS FOR THE FU­TURE

What needs to be on Coffs’ top 10 list?

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - FRONT PAGE - MATT DEANS

COFFS Har­bour stands on the verge of po­lit­i­cal op­por­tu­nity in 2019 in a dou­ble elec­tion year with new mem­bers of par­lia­ment to be sworn into of­fice.

With the ma­jor par­ties hav­ing now set­tled on their can­di­dates for the State seat of Coffs Har­bour and the Fed­eral seat of Cow­per to­day we ask the ques­tion: What are the key projects that Coffs Har­bour needs gov­ern­ment back­ing for to ce­ment its fu­ture as one of Aus­tralia’s grow­ing re­gional cap­i­tals?

To­day we in­vite you to have your say, so we can es­tab­lish a pre­elec­tion wish list to put to the can­di­dates in com­ing months.

COFFS Har­bour vot­ers have an op­por­tu­nity ahead of the 2019 State and Fed­eral elec­tions to have their say on the city’s fu­ture fund­ing wish list. In a chang­ing of the po­lit­i­cal land­scape, long­stand­ing politi­cians An­drew Fraser and Luke Hart­suyker will re­tire from their posts, bring­ing elec­toral un­cer­tainty over the Na­tion­als’ rusted-on iron grip on both the State and Fed­eral seats. With both ma­jor par­ties hav­ing now pre-se­lected their State and Fed­eral can­di­dates, we fig­ure it’s time for the com­mu­nity to set a Top 10 Wish List of pri­or­ity projects. In Au­gust 2012, ahead of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion, The Ad­vo­cate put the ques­tion to read­ers: ‘What are the im­por­tant is­sues our lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives need to ad­dress and achieve?’ The com­mu­nity’s sug­ges­tions were raised on­line and in print and we then polled the read­er­ship on the 12 most pop­u­lar re­sponses. The poll closed with over 5000 re­sponses and five key projects emerged: A skatepark, a Coffs Har­bour By­pass, up­grades to Coffs Har­bour Base Hos­pi­tal, im­proved hos­pi­tal carpark­ing and a staged beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of the Jetty Fore­shores. Through com­mu­nity power, lead­er­ship and gov­ern­ment fund­ing, Coffs Har­bour in 2020 is set to tick off the last of those projects, when construction starts on the by­pass. So we fig­ure it’s time to again call for com­mu­nity sug­ges­tions on­line.

#WHAT COFFS WANTS: Al­ready in­ter­na­tional flights, in­ter­na­tional ho­tels, a cruise ship ter­mi­nal and tun­nels on the Coffs Har­bour By­pass have been sug­gested as wor­thy projects by read­ers.

#WHAT COFFS WANTS? The last time we asked, the com­mu­nity re­sponded and the politi­cians de­liv­ered. In 2019 it’s again time to con­sider the city’s po­lit­i­cal fu­ture.

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