COUNCIL has chosen the corner of Berry and Worrigee streets, Nowra as the location of the proposed multi-storey car park.
The proposed Nowra CBD car park was recently shortlisted for funding under the Restart NSW Illawarra Infrastructure Fund.
An extraordinary meeting was held on Tuesday afternoon to allow council to determine the location of the proposed car park, the scope of the project and council’s contribution towards its construction.
Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash said council had decided the car park would be located on the Berry-Worrigee streets site and contain no commercial component.
Council asked general manager Russ Pigg to provide a further report outlining a non-compulsory exit strategy and full cost analysis for affected residents in neighbouring Berry Court.
“The proposed Nowra CBD car park will address long-held concerns of CBD ratepayers and businesses regarding a lack of all-day parking options in the Nowra CBD,” Cr Gash said.
“After listening to deputations from both community representatives and council staff I believe the Worrigee-Berry street site to offer the most long-term benefits for the community,” she said.
“By placing the car park at this location, council is hoping to unlock further commercial opportunities in Stewart Place as identified in the Nowra CBD Masterplan.
“In making this decision council took into account the concerns of neighbouring residents and has called for a further report outlining a non-compulsory exit strategy for those affected by the proposed development.
“With the proposed location and scope of the project now determined, council staff will complete a detailed application as part of the second round of the Restart NSW Illawarra Infrastructure Fund.”
Cr Gash said council had previously exhibited the proposed car park at the Berry-Worrigee streets site as part of the Draft Nowra CBD Masterplan.
Council also voted to contribute $5 million in loan funds if the car park was successful in gaining funding through the Restart NSW Illawarra Infrastructure Fund.