New community building on the way for Coffs
Construction has commenced on the new state-of-the-art community building for the Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshore.
Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said Kempsey-based Lahey Constructions had been awarded the construction contract following approval of the Development Application by Coffs Harbour City Council.
“Local residents can look forward to a modern community hub with incredible waterfront access and a view right out to Muttonbird Island,” Mr Singh said.
“It will also feature a café, as well as serving as the new base for the TS Vendetta Navy Cadets.
“This is the next step in breathing new life into the Jetty Foreshore, following last week’s release of the precinct’s draft masterplan for community feedback.”
Mr Singh said construction will support more than 30 jobs and includes a commitment to engage Indigenous workers and apprentices.
“The project is designed and set to be built by local North Coast businesses, with completion scheduled for the end of the year,” Mr Singh said.
Port Macquarie architects King and Campbell designed the two-storey community building, after winning a competition for emerging regional architects. It includes:
- Extensive public domain and landscaping works, respecting the area’s Aboriginal history, the environment and site’s maritime roots;
- A new home for the South Solitary Island Lighthouse Optic (SSILO); and
- A dedicated space for the Navy Cadets for memorabilia from TS Vendetta, and to accommodate equipment for parade and water activities.
Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes Anthony Roberts said the new facility will be a great asset for the community, create jobs, attract tourists, and support the area’s economic recovery.
“We’ve allocated $20 million of stimulus funding for projects associated with the community centre as we work to continue the upgrades of the Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshore precinct,” Mr Roberts said.
“The community’s voice has always been at the heart of this important work and will remain so throughout.”
For information on the community centre, or to have your say on the draft masterplan, visit Coffs Jetty Revitalisation.