Yamba plans for MPC

By TOBY WALKER

DEVELOPMENT contributions from a proposal to expand housing into West Yamba could help fund a $1.8million councilowned community centre.

Plans for the multi-purpose facility have been under consideration since consultants for the former Maclean Shire Council provided for it back in 1993.

But with community consulta- tion underway on plans to open up West Yamba to 2500 new residents, the community centre has again become an issue.

Clarence Valley Council environment and planning director Rob Donges said no design or costing had been done for the centre.

"Once we have the certainty that West Yamba will go ahead, we would then start looking at it more seriously," he said.

"Unless we get the section 94 (developer charges) cash flows from West Yamba then we won't be able to provide a facility of that expense ... but that's a decision council will have to make."

He said the site earmarked for the new facility on Treelands Drive behind the existing community centre was subject to change.

Councillor Doug McKenzie expressed his support for the multi-function centre during this week's council meeting.

Cr McKenzie said the centre was vital for the Lower River community in light of the threatened closure of Maclean's Wherrett Park sports facility and the perceived youth problems in Yamba.

He felt a site near the public swimming pool on Angourie Road would be a good place for the facility providing Yamba's youth had ready access to public transport to travel to the venue.



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