Coffs the winner

By EMMA CORNFORD

FORMER Pristine Waters local government areas Red Rock and Corindi will remain within the boundaries of the Coffs Harbour City Council.

A proposal to transfer the two areas to the Clarence Valley Council area was referred to the Local Government Boundaries Commission late last year, which found the majority of residents wanted to stay in the Coffs area.

But Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell and Clarence Valley Council mayor Councillor Ian Tiley said many residents wanted to be transferred to the Clarence Valley Council area.

"For me the issue is where the people wanted to go and last year they wanted to be with the Clarence Valley Council," Cr Tiley said.

"We've tried everything and we've been knocked back and ... if people are unhappy then I really feel for them because they have not been listened to by the minister."

But Cr Tiley he was 'not surprised' with the outcome.

"It was always going to take a lot of strong arguments to get those areas (transferred), and we tried to do that but it obviously just hasn't worked."

Mr Cansdell said he was also disappointed with the outcome of the Commission's finding.

He said a lot of people in the Red Rock and Corindi areas had many social links to the Clarence Valley, including friends, relatives and work.

"I thought they might have listened to the concerns people raised but that obviously wasn't the case," he said.

"I'm not happy about it but a decision had to be made because there was a lot of uncertainty there. Now we'll just have to move forward and make sure it works."



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