Council appeal for new SES home

COFFS Harbour City Council wants to see a new State Emergency Services facility included in State Government planning for the Forestry site on the corner of Beryl Street and the Pacific Highway.

At tomorrow’s meeting, councillors will consider a recommendation from staff members that they support this location as the preferred site for a new long-term home for the SES, to become part of plans for new government offices, a police station and a court house.

If this is not successful, staff members recommend that a site be allocated on the northern side of Coramba Road between Shephards Lane and Loaders Lane.

This site is part of a larger site set aside for open space which was proposed to be used for a future leash-free dog walking area and social family recreation park.

Councillors will also be asked to approve in principal the allocation of land at Centennial Reserve at Woolgoolga for a combined youth, indoor sports and community centre for the Northern Beaches.

The proposed site is at the southern end of Centennial Reserve near Hastings Street.

Confidential items will be prominent at tomorrow’s Coffs Harbour City Council meeting, with five matters listed for discussion.

The most significant matter detailed is the tender for detailed design and dam safety committee approval for the Bennetts Road and Upper Shephards Lane retention basins.

Also the list is the tender for the Orara River rehabilitation project bush regeneration work and the tender for a 134-square-metre extension to the front of the State Emergency Services building at 29 Park Avenue, which will involve the removal of three landscape-planted trees.

One confidential item on the business paper, tantalisingly named Event Proposal, has no further details attached.

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