New info centre an option
Berrigan Shire Council will consider demolishing the current Tocumwal Information Centre and building a new one in its place as part of the town’s Foreshore Masterplan.
Council is waiting on funding approval from the NSW Government before it can push ahead with the masterplan, which includes upgrading the information centre.
Initial plans involved an extension to the current information centre building, including the addition of a second storey with hospitality facilities for a cafe or restaurant.
But at a corporate workshop this month, councillors were told a new building could be an option, depending on funding, as part of the $4 million Foreshore Masterplan, which includes $3.2 million allocated to developments on the north side of the levee bank.
Berrigan Shire general manager Rowan Perkins said until grant money for the development is approved and finalised they would hold off on a decision on the information centre.
‘‘At this stage for our initial masterplan (north side of levee bank), half the money would come from the (NSW Government) grant, $300,000 community contri- bution, $826,000 from council, and we would potentially borrow $500,000,’’ Mr Perkins said.
‘‘The main issue (with building a new information centre) would be to ensure that we have public toilets available at the foreshore (because the ones attached to the information centre would be demolished).
‘‘New (public) toilets at the proposed splash park, which is part of the master plan, would facilitate that,’’ Mr Perkins said.
As part of the master plan, projects for development on the north side of the levee bank also include a water splash park, town square upgrades and new public toilets.
Projects south of the levee include a new amphitheatre, fishing stations and a youth zone.
The Tocumwal Foreshore Masterplan is expected to cost more than $4 million.