11 June 2015 Lift Off for Car Park Lifts

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The new lifts and amenities block at Castle Street car park have been officially opened by Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight, and Rod McKelvey, the Chair of the CBD Masterplan Committee.


The new lift has a single lift shaft with two lift cars at the south west corner of the car park and will service each floor. The lift cars have CCTV, lighting and air conditioning. The new toilet facilities have a contemporary design with a large open timber canopy above precast concrete wall panels. There is also a shared wash basin area, which incorporates safer-by-design philosophies to meet the CBD Masterplan principles of promoting, safe, accessible and liveable places.


“This new lift makes coming to the city centre so much more convenient for people with disabilities, parents with prams, older people with walking frames and the general public,” said Cr Knight. “A smart, new amenities block is also a major bonus. Both can only add to the attractions of the city centre as a place to visit.”


The new facilities are part of an overall facelift of Castle Street car park, which also includes top-floor steel-framed roof, solar panels and structural repairs. The work that has been undertaken will free up more short-term parking spaces for shoppers by providing more inviting long-term parking areas for CBD workers. It will also extend the life of the car park. The funds for the improvement works came from the sale of Council land at 218, Harbour Drive.


“We’re extremely pleased with the improvement works. The lifts have made parking on all levels of the car park accessible and convenient. The car park has now become a major asset for the city centre and will certainly play a major role in bringing more and more people into the CBD,” said Rod McKelvey, the Chair of the CBD Masterplan Committee.


Garth Grundy from Gowings Bros Ltd, the car park managers and owners of Coffs Central, said they worked closely with Council and the CBD Masterplan Committee to drive the best outcome. “It was a good example of what can be achieved when motivated landowners and Council work together in partnership.  Hats off to the CBD Masterplan Committee who put in hundreds of unpaid hours for the greater benefit of the City Centre.”