Funds from Roads and Maritime Services will help maintain the Solitary Islands Way for the next decade.
Funds from Roads and Maritime Services will help maintain the Solitary Islands Way for the next decade. Trevor Veale

Funds for Solitary Islands Way maintenance on council agenda

COFFS Harbour Council will tonight vote to accept $5.7 million from Roads and Maritime Services as compensation for the next 10 years for the maintenance burden of the 26.7km Solitary Islands Way.

The section of road includes new construction; bypassed sections of what was formerly the Pacific Hwy between Sapphire and Mullaway (from Bosworth Rd to Mullaway Dr and from Coachmans Cl to Split Solitary Rd) and an existing council road, Graham Dr.

The council will provide an annual allocation of $220,000 for the road, which had an estimated capital cost of $68 million as of the handover date of June 30, 2015.

A new policy for naming reserves and establishing memorial style markers and plaques will also be debated at tonight's council meeting.

The current Coffs Harbour City Council has seen vigorous debate on the benefits and disadvantages of naming public reserves, sporting fields and other facilities after local identities and as a result a draft policy went on public exhibition late last year, where it attracted three submissions.

Also on tonight's agenda is the long-awaited management plan for Coramba Recreation Reserve and an update on the proposed seniors' playground for Brelsford Park.



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