Take II on square re­vamp

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS -

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.

Sports funds

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.

Photo: Trevor Veale

LAT­EST PLAN: Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of the square is part of the over­all City Cen­tre Master­plan.

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