Council calls for TS Vendetta building redevelopment to include lighthouse optic

Coffs Harbour City Council is calling on Property NSW to include the South Solitary Island Lighthouse optic in the redevelopment of the TS Vendetta building. Photo: Supplied.

 

PUBLIC domain works at the Jetty Foreshores and the redevelopment of the TS Vendetta building are one step closer, with Coffs Harbour City Council executing a Development Agreement with Property NSW.

In September 2020, the State Government announced $20 million in economic stimulus funding to fast-track essential civil, maintenance and public domain works required for the future of the Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshores Precinct.

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A total of $5 million is earmarked for the design and implementation of public domain works across the precinct and $15 million has been committed for the design and implementation of essential services.

The scope of the public domain works was announced by the State Government on 7 April 2021 to include the redevelopment of the TS Vendetta building.

The new building will include a cafe, watercraft storage facility and public amenities, as well as accommodation for the TS Vendetta naval cadets.

Construction of the new building is anticipated to begin mid-year and the project is required to be completed by 30 June 2022.

Delivery of this project is being led by the State Government, which prepared a Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshores Community Building Development Agreement to formalise arrangements between Property NSW and Council to deliver the project.

At Council’s meeting on Thursday 22 July, Council agreed to authorise the execution of the Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshores Community Building Development Agreement with Property NSW.

Council also agreed to write to Property NSW requesting the incorporation of the South Solitary Island Lighthouse optic into the building in a manner that protects and preserves the heritage significance of the optic.

Cr Sally Townley stated at the meeting that the optic “deserves protection and deserves to be seen”.

“The Solitary Islands Lighthouse lens is a key piece of local maritime history,” Cr Townley stated.

Cr Townley said there was a fair bit more work to be done on the project and that it will need to go through the development application process.

“It looks like a redevelopment and a significant upscale of the existing building,” Cr Townley said.

A Council report on the Jetty Foreshores public domain works stated that the State Government is fast-tracking the works to unlock employment opportunities and economic stimulus for Coffs Harbour in the short-term, while planning continues for the long-term vision of the project.

 

By Emma DARBIN

 

The redevelopment of the TS Vendetta building is a step closer following the execution of an agreement between Coffs Harbour City Council and Property NSW. Photo: Emma Darbin.

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