9 March 2015 Vibrant, Connected and Green

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9 March 2015 Vibrant, Connected and Green

A revamp of Park Avenue and Vernon Street is getting underway this month to create new, passenger-friendly transport interchanges and streetscapes.


“The aim is to give the community a vibrant, connected and green city centre and to make sure that bus and taxi passengers can wait in comfort and security,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight. “It will also help enhance Park Avenue as one of the CBD’s major thoroughfares.”


The Park Avenue Transport Interchange has been designed on the same principles as the Coffs Harbour CBD Masterplan. Funded by a grant from Transport for NSW, the upgrades will include wider footpaths, extensive landscaping, new seating, shelters, lighting and bike racks. In addition, the south-west corner of the Park Avenue multi-storey car park will be remodelled into a pleasant, undercover waiting area for passengers.


In Vernon Street, new seating, shelters and landscaping is to be created for the taxi rank at Coffs Central, as well as improvements to the quick drop-off for local community transport passengers and the public.


During construction, the main bus stop outside the car park in Park Avenue will be relocated to 9-17 Park Avenue and the parking spots along this section of road will be temporarily removed. On the north side, temporary bus stops will be installed along 24-26 Park Avenue and in Little Street, adjacent to Beachside Radiology.


“There’s no getting away from the fact that there will be disruption for bus passengers, retailers and motorists wanting to use Park Avenue and the Woolworths car park during these works,” said Mick Raby, Council’s Director Sustainable Infrastructure. “We are planning to do as much of the construction as possible during the night to minimise the disturbance. Council apologises for this inconvenience, but we’d like to assure people that the result will be worth the temporary disruption. We’re also confident that a revitalised Park Avenue will encourage more people to visit the shopping precinct and therefore improve business.”


Council expects the project to be completed in Park Avenue by mid 2015. Plans of the proposed works are on display in the Main Council Administrative Building, Castle Street, and can be viewed at www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au./citytransport Regular stalls will also be hosted at Coffs Coast Growers Market during the works to keep the public and retailers updated. Look out for the stall at the March 26 Market.