Everyone is invited to join in the
community celebrations to mark the official opening of the new Walkway at the
Jetty4Shores on Sunday, October 25.
“The magnificent Walkway is the
centrepiece of the entire planned transformation of the Harbour,” said Coffs
Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight. “The quality of the design, its
presence and the way it draws people to the historic Jetty – the heart of the Harbour
- perfectly illustrates just what we’re trying to achieve with the improvements
to the foreshores area.
“The Walkway has set the standard
very high – mainly because of artist Tony Hart’s wonderful turtle motifs and
the way the features all the way along capture and emphasise the Aboriginal and
European heritage of the Harbour. So come along and help us celebrate this
brilliant start to the new-look Jetty Foreshore and show everyone how much we
love our Harbour.”
The Official Opening celebrations will begin at 10am at the Turtle
(railway line end) and will include a Welcome to Country and a Community March along the Walkway. At 10.30am there will be a Mayoral Picnic
with a fund-raising sausage sizzle in the grounds of TS Vendetta. Anyone
coming along should bring their own picnic supplies and seating. Plus there
will be a wide selection of foods available from the Harbourside Market stalls.
The Walkway is a five-metre wide
decorative concrete shared pathway/cycleway. It includes stencilled wording within
the concrete to outline the historic Jetty’s past, interpretive signage to tell
the story of our Aboriginal and European heritage, seating, decorated poles, historic
rail lines that date to the industrial use of the Foreshores placed into the
pathway and a 10-metre diameter, decorative concrete Turtle, plus smaller brass
turtles inlaid into the pathway, that reflect local Aboriginal culture.
Council has applied to the
National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) Round 2 for a grant to help complete the
next stages of the project - the Market/Picnic area, Beach Steps and Forecourt
and Boardwalk North. The NSRF grant would need to be matched with funds from
Council. The successful grant projects are due to be announced in December
The whole community
is invited to come along to the Official Opening and Celebrations.
When: Sunday, 25 October, at 10am.