29 September 2016 Council is Award Finalist

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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.”

Recent achievements of Council, as Corporate Manager of the Coffs Coast State Park, include:

  • Successfully completing the $1m Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshores redevelopment Stage 1.

  • Securing $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.

  • Collaborating with other government departments and local community and environmental groups to secure greater outcomes for the reserves and the community.

  • Successfully engaging the community through consultation, resulting in recognition for Public Engagement and Community Planning from the Planning Institute of Australia.

  • Managing high quality Crown reserve holiday parks that have been publicly recognised and awarded by industry associations, Crown lands and regional and state tourism bodies.

Steve 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 November 11.