Take II on square revamp
COUNCIL has once again gone back to the drawing board in relation to the City Square and the latest design will be up for consideration at this week’s council meeting.
The new design retains the MamaGOTO kiosk but not the one currently occupied by Caffeine Central with plans to remove it by February next year.
A staff report has determined the Caffeine Central kiosk on the eastern edge of the square effectively privatises what could otherwise be maximised public space and disrupts important view lines and pedestrian movement which impacts on public space and business opportunities in the adjoining private holdings.
The kiosk occupied by MamaGOTO remains on the new plan. The potential removal of the popular eatery was the subject of a petition presented to Councillor Dr Sally Townley by MamaGOTO owners Yukari and Heath Keizer in August.
Revitalisation of the square is part of the City Centre Masterplan which aims to revitalise the CBD.
If the current plan is approved construction will begin in February next year.
Cup day holiday
SINCE 1971 there has been some form of half day holiday to celebrate the Coffs Harbour Cup.
To continue having an annual local part day public holiday, council must, on a biennial basis, apply to the State Government to have it declared under the Public Holidays Act 2010.
Council conducted public consultation on the matter considering the costs and benefits of the holiday.
Schools, bus companies, community groups and other stakeholders were consulted and a “have your say” site established on council’s website.
Schools generally highlighted the disruption to the students with two schools suggesting a full day public holiday would be preferred.
The consultation process returned generally even views in support and against the local public holiday.
COUNCIL has been awarded $10 million from the NSW Government’s Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund to deliver the Coffs Coast Regional Sports Hub – Stage 2 Project, at a total cost of $12.5 million.
Up for consideration at this week’s council meeting will be a report looking at funding options for the council’s $2.5 million contribution.
The scope of works includes three new rectangular fields, a new sports amenity block and additional change rooms and amenities at Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Parkfields, a new car park, an access road and a footpath and cycleway.
LATEST PLAN: Revitalisation of the square is part of the overall City Centre Masterplan.