Council’s success in looking after the Coffs Coast
State Park has seen it become a finalist in the 2016 NSW/ACT Regional
Achievement and Community Awards.
The Awards are designed to encourage, acknowledge and
reward the valuable contributions individuals, communities and businesses are
making throughout regional and rural NSW and the ACT. Coffs Harbour City
Council is up against stiff competition in the ‘Department of Primary Industries
Crown Reserve Trust – Corporate Managers Award’.
Council is Corporate Manager of the Coffs Coast State
Park - a series of high value Crown reserves running from Sawtell in the south
through Coffs Harbour to Woolgoolga. The Park includes reserves of high local
and state significance including the Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshores, Park Beach
Reserve, Sawtell Reserve and Woolgoolga Beach Reserve.
It also contains Park Beach, Sawtell, Woolgoolga Beach
and Woolgoolga Lakeside Holiday Parks, two public swimming pools, the historic
jetty structure, popular surf beaches, creeks and estuaries, a wide range of
sporting, and recreational spaces, the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden,
playgrounds and other community infrastructure.
“Coffs Coast State Park and all it contains are
vitally important assets for the local economy and the lifestyle that makes the
city such a sought-after place to live, work and play,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor,
Councillor Denise Knight. “It’s great to see Council receive this recognition
as the Corporate Manager.”
achievements of Council, as Corporate Manager of the Coffs Coast State Park,
completing the $1m Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshores redevelopment Stage 1.
$4.6m in National Stronger Regions Fund grants for improvements to the Coffs
Harbour Jetty Foreshores redevelopment Stages 2-4 and providing matching funds
to generate a $9.2m benefit to the reserve.
with other government departments and local community and environmental groups
to secure greater outcomes for the reserves and the community.
engaging the community through consultation, resulting in recognition for
Public Engagement and Community Planning from the Planning Institute of
quality Crown reserve holiday parks that have been publicly recognised and
awarded by industry associations, Crown lands and regional and state tourism
McGrath, Council’s General Manager, said: “Council always aims to meet the principles of Crown land management - environmental
protection, conservation of natural resources, public use and enjoyment and
sustainability. It’s a challenge to get the balance right, but this award
nomination shows that we are getting the right results.”
The award winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner in Wollongong on