Picnic shelters are going down like ninepins on the Jetty Foreshores as Coffs Harbour City Council staff and contractors demolish the old to make way for the new in the next stage of the $1.1 Jetty Fore- shores upgrade. Seven smaller barbecue shelters and one large shelter are being demolished to make way for a similar number of new shelters, each of which will be larger and provide more-effective shelter and more seating. Work on the new shelters will begin on October 24 using structural steel supplied by Woolgoolga firm Arc Attack, with building work carried out by Coffs Harbour City Council staff and contractors.
The shelters have been designed to be in keeping with the new Fisher Design + Architecture interpretive outdoor art and education structure at the base of Muttonbird Island. The two Foreshores amenities blocks will also be refurbished.
The director of corporate business for the council, Craig Milburn, who is in charge of the Foreshores improvement project, said as much as possible of the material from the demolished shelters would be saved and recycled in repair projects.
The work is part of a general facelift of the Jetty Foreshores area that has been made possible through a $457,000 grant from the Federal Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program. The grant was matched and increased to $600,000 with funds from the Future Fund Internal Reserve, plus a further $50,000 provided from the State Parks Trust – taking the total to $1,107,000.
Coffs Harbour Mayor Keith Rhoades said he wanted to see major inroads into the Foreshores improvement project in the year ahead. “There’s been 10 years of talk and consulting and paperwork; it’s time to get on and get it done,” he said.
Belinda Scott | Coffs Coast Advocate | 18th October 2011