The development of the MyCoffs Community Strategic Plan, game-changing improvements at the Jetty foreshores and international recognition for our area as a key event destination are among the many highlights detailed in Coffs Harbour City Council’s 2016/17 Annual Report.
“Time passes quickly, but it’s important to take a moment to consider what we’ve been able to achieve during the year,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor Councillor Denise Knight.
“Through wide-ranging public consultation, the MyCoffs project captured the vision and priorities of our community into a strategic plan to guide the Coffs Harbour area as we face the opportunities and challenges of the coming years. The significant steps in the re-invention of the foreshores, and the naming of Coffs Harbour as the winner of the World Festival and Event City Award for the second year, shows that our strategies to promote the area on the national and international stage are definitely paying off.”
Many more achievements are highlighted in the 2016/17 Annual Report, including:
- the redevelopment of the Harbour Drive/Gordon Street intersection and the completion of the Duke Street extension in the Coffs Harbour CBD;
- NSW industry excellence awards for Park Beach and Woolgoolga Lakeside Holiday Parks;
- the adoption of Coffs Harbour’s Cultural Policy and Creative Coffs – Cultural Strategic Plan 2017-2022
- a record 413,000 passengers using Coffs Harbour Regional Airport;
- the expansion of ‘e-lending’ services at Coffs Harbour Library;
- international women’s cricket and A-League football fixtures at C.ex Coffs International Stadium;
- the construction of new amenities at Fitzroy Oval;
- extensive road, bridge and cycleway works;
- environmental and sustainability initiatives; and
- a range of community, economic and sporting programmes.
“All of Council’s activities aim to enhance Coffs Harbour as a great place to live and to help the local government area position itself to embrace the future,” added Cr Knight.
“This Annual Report celebrates a great first year of achievement for the Council elected in September 2016,” she said. “Your ‘new’ Councillors hit the ground running and deserve to be congratulated for the contribution they are making. But they’re not alone. I’d like to acknowledge Council’s entire workforce – including our many volunteers – who bring the same level of commitment to the task of maintaining and developing Coffs Harbour as a uniquely wonderful area.”
The Coffs Harbour City Council 2016/17 Annual Report – including Council’s audited Annual Financial Statements – can be viewed on Council’s website at Printed copies are available for viewing at Council’s Customer Service Centre and local libraries.