Coffs Harbour City Council looks to buy Sandy Shores land.
Coffs Harbour City Council looks to buy Sandy Shores land.

Council looks towards Sandy Shores purchase

COFFS Harbour City Council will lodge an Expression of Interest in buying the Sandy Shores land now up for sale.

Sandy Shores Developments Pty Ltd was put into administration this year by the Westpac Bank.

Cr Bob Palmer called for the move as a matter of an urgent nature at last week's Coffs Harbour City Council meeting.

Expressions of interest on the controversial coastal land at Hearnes Lake near Woolgoolga needed to be submitted before the next council meeting on November 13.

Expressions of interest close on November 12.

The mayor referred the matter to the general manager, saying she was not sure of the "intricacies and legalities" involved.

Saying "I feel all eyes are on me", general manager Steve McGrath said the issue of Sandy Shores had been "bubbling away" for four years.

"There are quite a diversity of views," the GM said

"The community would want to have notice of what council is doing; there would be due diligence costs and questions about where the land would end up and how it would be maintained - there would be considerable maintenance costs for the land considered to be of high conservation value.

"We could possibly submit an EOI to the receiver and if they are interested, we would need to do due diligence and report as quickly as possible to the councillors."

The Sandy Shores developer won concept approval from the state government for a 200-lot subdivision, approval which is due to expire on December 20, 2015.

This ambitious plan for the low-lying coastal site was always opposed by the council.



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