Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight has spruiked the achievements of her council in the last 6 months.
It follows a lot of criticism from locals and media recently, regarding their campaign with the Coffs Harbour Bypass and the long running disappointment from residents with the removal of bulky waste.
Cr Knight also spoke about signs at beaches, like Moonee Beach where 5 people drowned in one week before Christmas, after Triple M's Breakfast host Moffee mentioned on Wednesday that council signs about the beach not being patrolled were smaller than those pointing out that dogs must remain on their leash.
The Mayor said they are working with lifeguards about the concerns.
Projects that Council have prided themselves on over the last six months include various awards, the progress of the Cultural and Civic Space in Gordon Street and their work to cut red tape for local businesses.
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Many achievements are highlighted in the report, including:
- The opening of the new $450,000 Bardens Bridge at Crossmaglen;
- The roll-out of the ‘Trading Places’ scheme to enhance footpath use in business areas;
- Winning the globally-acclaimed International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) World Festival and Event City Award for the fourth year in a row;
- Coffs Harbour being named the Most Innovative Regional Council at the inaugural WAVE awards for enterprise development;
- Steady progress in the planning for a new Cultural and Civic Space in Coffs Harbour;
- The launch of the ‘MyCoffs Connect’ online directory and calendar of events supporting community groups and service providers;
- Council’s Jetty4Shores Project winning the NSW Minister for Local Government’s 2018 Award for Innovation in Local Government Engineering;
- Community engagement to refine concept plans to revitalise City Square;
- The Woolgoolga Town Centre Masterplan project winning the Urban Design Award at the AILA NSW Landscape Architecture Awards;
- Council winning the Local Government NSW Award for Culture Change Innovation/Excellence for its Precinct Place Planning Strategy;
- Coffs Harbour joining the Cities Power Partnership to help tackle greenhouse gas pollution and climate change;
- Significant investment in upgrading all four Coffs Coast Holiday Parks;
- Extensive water, sewer and transport asset works;
- An upgrade of digital cinema projection equipment at Jetty Memorial Theatre;
- Delivery of land management, environmental and sustainability initiatives; and
- Delivery of a range of community, economic and sporting programmes.