New info cen­tre an op­tion

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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.

Rowan Perkins.

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