$3m to maintain Pacific Hwy bypass

COFFS Harbour City councillors have a riveting agenda for Thursday’s meeting.

Items include the hand-over of the bypassed section of the Pacific Highway at Bonville, Pine Creek Way, from the RTA to Coffs Harbour City Council.

The council will receive $2,933,689 as compensation for the road being reclassified from a State to a local road, which involves the council becoming responsible for its maintenance. This is the estimate to maintain the road for the next 10 years.

Apart from the quarterly performance review, the traffic committee report and the quarterly Budget review, the councillors will be asked to consider the accreditation of council building certifiers.

They will be asked to grant delegated authority to the general manager to make recommendations to the Building Professionals Board about individual accreditation of the council’s building surveyors.

Changes to the Building Professionals Act 2005 and the Building Professionals Regulation 2007 mean council building certifiers must complete continuing professional development training at a cost of $150-$300 a person per year.

The council’s director of land use health and development, Mark Salter, noted in his report to the council on the matter that council’s building surveyors issued about 85 per cent of all construction and occupation certificates within the city boundaries.

Mr Salter said there were not enough private building surveyors available to undertake the volume of building certification work and the local building industry relied heavily on the council.

As part of the quarterly performance review, the general manager, Stephen Sawtell, listed four measures out of 154 not achieved. These related to the Jetty Theatre budget; the library strategic plan, an asset management program for the council’s buildings and a business plan for the International Stadium.

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