Shoalhaven City Council will enter into negotiations with Woolworths regarding the organisation’s contribution towards a new access road to the Bay and Basin Leisure Centre required as part of the upcoming Vincentia Shopping Centre project.
This new road is required to be constructed as the area where the existing leisure centre access road is located needs to be rehabilitated for environmental reasons as part of the original State Governnment approval.
Council decided at last evening’s Ordinary Meeting to offer Woolworths a roadwork’s contribution of $120,000, the value of land associated with the required closed road and a contribution to the necessary upgraded wastewater and water mains (approximately $66,000).
This brings the overall total contribution of approximately $186,000.
Mayor, Joanna Gash said Woolworths were required to enter into negotiations with Council regarding the construction costs of the new road as part of the conditions of approval associated with the Part 3(a) consent provided by the State Government originally in 2007.
The Mayor said that by entering into negotiations with Woolworths the current Council would be honouring the earlier commitments endorsed within public Council reports considered by the previous Council in 2011 and 2012.
“Council has previously negotiated with Woolworths to ensure the current project road design would be built to a standard suitable for the Leisure Centre precinct which needs to cater for a growing community,” said Clr Gash.
“The existing access to the Bay and Basin Leisure Centre was inadequate for the amount of traffic expected to utilise this area once the new shopping centre is opened and the Leisure Centre precinct is fully developed.
“It is pleasing that the final design includes improved street lighting, a slip lane on a signalised intersection with upgraded access to the Leisure Centre including an upgraded road surface that will be able to cater for buses and a higher usage.”
“Council had previously committed to paying a higher percentage of costs however a recent rationalisation of the design has actually seen the organisation reduce our offer.”
The Mayor said Council would be tabling the offer to Woolworths in the near future.