PROJECTS FOR THE FUTURE
What needs to be on Coffs’ top 10 list?
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.