Reservoir to Reserve

Published on 27 September 2022

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A new community open space is to be created at Boambee Headland by the demolition of the two old water reservoirs on the site.

The reservoirs were constructed in 1954 and 1973 to supply water to Sawtell. They were in use until late 2021.

Reservoirs at Toormina have been in service since 1990 and service both the Toormina/Boambee East and Sawtell areas. The old reservoirs at Boambee are identified as surplus to requirements.

Three 15-metre single pole communications towers will be erected at the site to accommodate the existing Telco telecommunications equipment, including equipment for the City of Coffs Harbour, attached to Reservoir No.2.

The towers are subject to approval through a development approval process.

The demolition of Reservoir No.1 is proposed for this financial year, subject to an Aboriginal Heritage Investigation Permit (AHIP). The removal of this reservoir will then allow safe access to the site before the proposed communications towers are installed.

Once the existing communications infrastructure is transferred to the new towers, Reservoir No.2 will be demolished.

The footprint of the old reservoirs will then be restored as a green recreational space for the benefit of the community.

While demolition works are in progress, local amenity and traffic conditions will be subject to some temporary changes.