Council calls in expert advice for Brelsford plan
By LEE McDOUGALL
THE community has spoken and the council has listened so it is back to the drawing board for the proposed multipurpose centre on Brelsford Park.
Coffs Harbour City Council general manager Stephen Sawtell said a number of questions and issues were raised as part of the recent community consultation, and the council staff will now re-examine the proposed location and design of the building as a result.
"As a result of issues that have been put and conflicts raised, I have made the decision as general manager, with the support of the councillors, to engage George Gallagher of Tract Consultants to provide consultation on the proposed project," Mr Sawtell said.
Tract Consultants and Mr Gallagher were heavily involved with the council in the successful removal of the old City Centre Mall.
"There has been two and a half years of workshops and development to get to the stage we are at currently," Mr Sawtell said.
"Many people have mistakingly believed that we were at the point of turning the soil and commencing the building. This was not the case.
"I will not commit to any time line at this stage. The project has to take its course."
The council came under fire in recent weeks from nearby residents, the Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce and senior citizen groups over the proposed location of the MPC in the south-east corner.
"It's appropriate to get advice from experts in their field on the design and location as well as other issues such as layout, slope, impact on neighbours and parking," Mr Sawtell said.