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Council enters into negotiations with Woolworths regarding roadworks contribution

Shoalhaven City Council will enter into negotiations with Woolworths regarding Council’s contribution towards roadworks creating a new access to the Bay and Bay Leisure 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 is located needs to be rehabilitated for environmental reasons as part of the original State Government approval.

The Policy and Resource Committee have recommended Council make a contribution to undertake these significant road works adjacent to the Bay and Basin Leisure Centre and to honour the earlier commitments endorsed by Council in 2011 and 2012.

These works include changes to the Bay and Basin Leisure Centre Road, removal of the existing road, construction of a slip lane and traffic lights at the intersection on Wool Road, design fees as well as the construction of adjacent footpaths and bus bays.

The upgrading and relocation of water mains are also part of the proposed works.

Woolworths was instructed to enter into negotiations with Council regarding the construction costs of the new road as part of the original Part 3(a) consent provided by the State Government in 2012.

Details of Woolworth’s approach to Council for a new access road, including detailed concept plans, were canvassed in open reports to Council in December 2010 and March 2012 .

Mayor, Joanna Gash said 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.

The Mayor said given the new road leads to the Leisure Centre, new RFS station, sports fields and not the proposed shopping centre it was inevitable that Council would need to enter a shared cost agreement to upgrade the existing facilities.

Mayor, Gash said she was also extremely disappointed to see the contents of a confidential report to Council played out in the local media.

“Despite reports in today’s media there is absolutely nothing unusual or untoward in Council entering into negotiations with Woolworths for improved road access at the Bay and Basin Leisure Centre,” said Clr Gash.

“Woolworths had requested that the matter be treated as ‘commercial in confidence’ however steps were being taken to clarify this aspect and enable Council to make full public disclosure of the negotiations.”

“With Woolworths looking to install a basic road, Council has successfully negotiated for 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.

“Water infrastructure will also be ungraded as part of the project.”

“It is extremely pleasing to see that the current project design will be built to a standard that will accommodate the future needs of the community.”

“Woolworths have tendered for the work separately with Council offering to pay for only approximately 8 percent of the total project cost.”

“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.”

“It is also important to note that Council’s offer is substantially less than the money sought by Woolworths.”

Mayor, Joanna Gash said she was extremely disappointed to see the contents of a confidential report to Council played out in the local media.

“Woolworths had requested that the matter be treated as ‘commercial in confidence’ however steps were being taken to clarify this aspect and enable Council to make full public disclosure of the negotiations.”

The Mayor said Council will continue to work over the coming weeks to finalise the last aspects of the approval conditions to enable the project to be completed by the end of next year.”

CONTACT: Mayor, Joanna Gash - 0427 160 172

 

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