If the world did not have Covid, Coffs Harbour would now have a new Council in place and the Council’s plan to build the $76.52m Cultural and Civic Centre may be quite a different matter.
By Citizens Voice
With council elections delayed until September 2021 the Citizens Voice Coffs Coast action group is still working on behalf of the community to have their voices heard. An e-petition has been set-up on the NSW Government website asking again for Coffs Habour City Council to pause the progress of the project.
Yes, Citizens Voice has been down this road before having lodged a petition with 15,000 signatures but was not successful in pausing the development.
But Citizens Voice believes that community feeling is such that we must continue to put pressure on the Councillors in an effort to change their view and at the same time show our disapproval to State Government authorities.
At the recent Council Meeting of August 13 Clr. Paul Amos stated that Council is currently, and has been for many months, spending $700,000 per month in consultant’s fees pertaining to this proposed Cultural & Civic Centre development but, as yet, they have not received DA approval from the NSW Department of Planning.
At the same meeting Clr. Keith Rhoades urged Council to come clean with the community and show all the additional costs to be incurred with the project which will bring the final cost to around somewhere between $120 – $140m.
Some of these additional costs were: upgrading of Riding Lane & Gordon Street, interest on the loan, storage of excess museum and art gallery items, consultant’s fees, rent of workspace once Council properties are sold.
Citizens Voice Coffs Coast urges concerned residents to add your name to the e-petition by going to – NSW e petitions and clicking on ‘Put a pause on the Cultural and Civic Centre, Coffs Harbour’.
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Thank you for your support,