Council general manager Stephen Sawtell and Tony Kelly discuss plans.
Council general manager Stephen Sawtell and Tony Kelly discuss plans.

Loan for Stadium Drive development

THERE may be a banana plantation there today, but there will be houses there tomorrow.

The Development Control Plan for the land which forms the backdrop to the BCU International Stadium shows a new suburb of 1000 people and a neighbourhood shopping centre.

The South Coffs DCP shows plans for a minimum of 300 house blocks and a small commercial area on the southern side of Stadium Drive, between the Pacific Highway and Advocate Park.

Yesterday NSW Planning Minister Tony Kelly and six Country Labor politicians were on the ground to see where the State Government’s $2.8 million interest-free loan to Coffs Harbour City Council for sewerage infrastructure will be spent.

Coffs Harbour City Council general manager Stephen Sawtell said the money would pay for a major pumping station to be built beside Stadium Drive and for the rising main to the sewage treatment works near the racecourse.

The rising trunk main will be built across the back of the International Stadium and will then run along Hogbin Drive to the treatment works, these days officially described as the water reclamation plant.

Council staff said the new rising main would also service the hospital; housing in conjunction with the hospital and the Coffs Harbour Education Campus.

Mr Kelly said the project was expected to be complete within 18 months and would halve council’s cost, bringing forward work which would otherwise be 10 years away and reducing the cost to the people who would live there.

Coffs Harbour Mayor Keith Rhoades, who said the land had been rezoned 12- 15 years ago, said the loan would mean they could release the land for development a lot faster than originally expected.



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