Council finalises depot acquisition
CHANGE is coming to the Bellingen CBD, now that council has purchased the old Telstra depot site off Church Street.
Bellingen Shire Council has been attempting to acquire the site for several years, but hold ups have occurred due to complexities with the acquisition of an adjoining access way from the Crown.
Mayor Mark Troy said the Department of Lands has been co-operative and has agreed to a compulsory acquisition of the access way by council.
“This is the long awaited breakthrough, and the acquisition of the Telstra site will pave the way for the most significant improvements to the Bellingen CBD in years,” Cr Troy said.
“The land deals are locked and we expect to settle within six months.”
Cr Troy said an increase in parking will be a major feature, as well as improved toilet facilities to replace the existing block behind the court house.
He said the improvements provide an opportunity for a creative design that would draw the Bellinger River, Jarratt Park and the CBD together.
“Council commissioned a draft design for CBD improvements several years ago, and this can now be updated to take account of the increased land area,” Cr Troy said.
“We can work towards community consultation and a final design which will include identifying a suitable use for the old police stables.”