North Sapphire Beach estate.
North Sapphire Beach estate.

Show me the cash: Townley wants report

COFFS Harbour's councillors will be asked to vote on whether staff should prepare a report detailing the sum of money collected for developer contributions for the North Sapphire estate.

Cr Sally Townley said the estate was almost a decade old but there were some elements of the Moonee Release Area Developer Contributions Plan that were missing from it.

"When that development was first proposed, it said in the developer contributions plan that it's going to have a cycleway and footpaths," Cr Townley said.

"Now most of the blocks have been sold, most of the houses have been developed and most of them have got someone living in them and at the time of the sale of those blocks they've all paid that money so you would assume that the money is sitting there waiting."

Cr Townley said at the moment students arriving home from school get off the bus but are then forced to walk along the roads as there's no path for them.

She says the reason for calling for a report to be prepared is quite simply that the footpath and cycleway network is incomplete and residents have queried when they might see the fruits of their contributions.

If the call for the report is approved by her fellow councillors at tomorrow night's meeting, Cr Townley said the one thing she would like to see in the report is for the developers to "document their commitment of when they're going to do it".

Cr Townley has also asked for councillors to vote in favour of a report to be prepared regarding the amount of money collected in the current financial year for the 2016-17 Environmental Levy. She says the amount available this year is approximately half of previous years.



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