Council lifts car park game
COFFS Harbour's Castle St car park is getting an all-weather hat.
Bracing is being erected on the top floor of the multi-storey car park to support a metal roof which will provide shelter from summer sun, winter rain and hail in every season.
The roof is part of a thorough renovation of the council-owned car park, which includes a lift and new public amenities
The chair of the CBS Masterplan Committee, Rod McKelvey, said the new amenities would be very modern and would include showers for people who wanted to ride a bike into the city.
The amenities block, which is being constructed on the Castle St side of the car park, will replace the public toilets which were located on the Riding Pl side.
"The entire building will be painted, with new signage so it will be a brand new building to all intents and purposes," Mr McKelvey said.
He said the committee hoped that the new roof over the top level of the car park and the convenience of the lift would encourage city workers to use the top level.
"We are aiming to have all-day parking there," he said.
Coffs Harbour City Council's director of city infrastructure services, Ben Lawson, said the work was scheduled for completion in late February and he expected the lift and roof to meet this deadline, although completion of the amenities block might take longer.
The council is also investigating a large-scale solar array on the roof, which will provide power to the car park.
Although this is still in the early stages, Mr Lawson said the council had called for tenders and had put in a grant application.