Shoalhaven councillor Greg Watson moves on Nowra chopper

HOLDING PATTERN: Cr Greg Watson has flagged a notice of motion calling on the new Shoalhaven City Council to retain the Nowra's iconic helicopter on its current site on the Princes Highway.

HOLDING PATTERN: Cr Greg Watson has flagged a notice of motion calling on the new Shoalhaven City Council to retain the Nowra's iconic helicopter on its current site on the Princes Highway.

Shoalhaven City Council should excise the land on which Nowra’s iconic navy helicopter stands from any possible sale of the old Visitor Information Centre, according to Cr Greg Watson.

A notice of motion flagged by Cr Watson calls for the helicopter site to be excised and classified as community land “with the intention of retaining the area for the display of naval aircraft into the future as recognition of the exceptional contribution that both the navy, navy personnel and former personnel have made to our city”.

Cr Watson’s motion also calls for the protection of Graham Lodge should a sale of the land go ahead.

It also suggests that once the expression of interest process is complete and before any decision to sell council assess the success or otherwise of its decision to move the Visitor Information Centre to the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre foyer.

After that assessment, council should reconsider retaining the site as community land and consider acquiring adjacent lots “to provide an additional green space linkage for the community to the Shoalhaven River.

The new council’s first meeting is on October 4.

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