Sunday, June 23, 2024

Coffs approves whale trail final design

City of Coffs Harbour Council has approved the final design concept for its $2 million Woolgoolga Whale Trail, which will see the project move to construction.

Australian Government grant funding of $1.1 million made up the original budget for the project, with $1.03 million remaining to complete the construction of the project, the Council said in a statement.

Council has adopted a final concept design which includes 395 metres of concrete footpath and 126 metres elevated boardwalks, carparking, kerbing, seating and lookouts.

“I am pleased that we are now in a position to promptly deliver the missing Whale Trail link section,” said Mayor, Paul Amos.

“The seating, raised decking, lookouts and footpath will combine with the widening of the Carrington Street and Pollack Esplanade corner to create a safe and supporting link to the headland walk.”

Director City Infrastructure, Andrew Beswick said Council has approved the reallocation of $132,112 from other new footpath budgets in the 2023/24 Operational Plan to complete the project.

“Works outside the grant agreement, such as the widening of the corner of Carrington Street and Pollack Esplanade, are being funded by the City’s ratepayers from the General Fund, with an amount of $325,000 included in the adopted 2023/24 Operational Plan,” said Mr Beswick.

Council says the construction of the Woolgoolga Whale Trail will complete the missing pathway link between the Woolgoolga Beach Reserve and the Woolgoolga Headland walk.

It will also provide increased formal parking and make the corner of Carrington Street and Pollack Esplanade safer for both pedestrians and road users, it said.

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