The sea turtle motif that will form the
focal point of the Jetty4Shores Walkway is already starting to come to life as
work begins on the new pathway.
“This is when the real transformation of
the Foreshores starts and people will be able to see the paper designs come to
life,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor Councillor Denise Knight.
“The Walkway is the central access that
will link the Jetty Strip with the historic jetty and the wider harbour. It
will bring a new perspective and will open out the entire Foreshores area.”
Renowned Gumbaynggirr artist Uncle Tony
Hart designed the 10-metre wide sea turtle Walkway motif which will form a
landscaped seating area along the pathway looking directly towards the historic
jetty. The turtle is also a symbolic link to the Solitary Islands Marine Park
The Walkway itself is to be a five-metre wide
decorative concrete pathway. As well as the sea turtle artwork, the work
Over 1,300 square metres of concrete incorporating three different colours and six different finishes;
Stencilled word phrases in the concrete to outline the historic jetty’s history;
Interpretive signage to tell the story of our history, both Indigenous and European;
The reuse of historic rail lines that date to the industrial use of the Foreshores within the pathway.
Once the concreting has been completed – which
is expected by the end of July - landscaping, lighting works and interpretive
signage will be installed along the Walkway. The project is anticipated to be
fully completed September 2015.
The carpark adjacent to the historic jetty
will be removed to make way for the Walkway and to increase the grassed
parkland along the Foreshores. However, the new carpark completed last year closer
to Jordan Esplanade will provide compensatory alternative parking spaces.
Access to the historic jetty will be
maintained during the works.
There will be temporary changes to the pedestrian access into the Jetty Foreshores area as a result of these works from 1-15 June.