Win-Win for Community, Council and State Government at Jetty Foreshore

Published on 13 September 2021

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An opportunity to replace old Council sewer main pipes in the Jetty Foreshores area at the same time as planned infrastructure works in the precinct by the NSW government will save money, time and minimise disruption to the public.

“It’s always heartening to see how positive, mutually-beneficial collaboration between different levels of government leads to great results for the community. The Jetty Foreshores is such a popular destination that anything that minimises any disruption to people’s enjoyment of this gorgeous spot is also very welcome,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor Councillor Denise Knight. “I’d like to congratulate the staff on spotting this great opportunity.”

As part of the NSW Government’s Jetty Foreshore Precinct infrastructure works, Property and Development NSW – part of the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment - is proposing to install additional water, sewer and communications pipelines between the eastern end of Howard Street and the southern end of Jordan Esplanade. This additional infrastructure is part of a planned future extension of Howard Street to link into the Foreshores.

Council also needs to replace two sewer mains in the Foreshores area and agreement has been reached for the pipelines to be included in the future Howard Street road reserve.

The NSW Government has committed an initial $20m to the revitalisation and activation of the Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshore Precinct. Of that, $5m has been allocated to a new community building on the site of the TS Vendetta Building, while the remaining $15m has been allocated to the design and construction of essential services including water, power, sewer, stormwater and telecommunications infrastructure within the precinct.

The cost of the Council sewer pipe works is forecast to be $6.8m and will come from Council’s Sewer Fund.

“We’ve been working collaboratively with Property and Development NSW over the works and Council staff spotted this excellent opportunity for our ageing sewer infrastructure to be renewed in parallel,” said Mick Raby, Council’s Director Sustainable Infrastructure.

“By doing the works at the same time we’re going to see major savings in time and costs. We can also ensure that any risk to the environment from a possible effluent spill if either of the ageing sewer pipes fails is now avoided – and most importantly, disruption to the public and traffic in the Jetty Foreshores precinct during construction will be minimised.

“It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Council will now enter into a formal agreement with the NSW Government for the delivery of the works.

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