Monday October 15, 2012
Work is about to start on a project which will breathe new life into Coledale after Tamworth Regional Council signed a $10.688 million funding agreement with the Federal Government.
Independent Federal Member for New England, Tony Windsor, announced Tamworth Regional Council's successful grant application through the Building Better Regional Cities Program in July for the NOW initiative, which aims to create a well-planned and attractive neighbourhood and increased affordable housing.
The project includes extensions to Cole Road to provide access to Gunnedah Road, extensions to Cossa Street through Centenary Park, improvements to street lighting and street beautification in selected areas, and the development of a regional youth centre.
The funding agreement with the Federal Government was finalised late last month and the first $3 million instalment of the grant funds is expected to be released to Council in the coming weeks.
Tamworth-based Mitchel Hanlon Consulting Pty Ltd started work last week on a site survey and site studies.
The site studies include a land survey, geotechnical study, flora and fauna study, flood analysis, Aboriginal archaeology study, contamination study and traffic study - will be used to take the initial concept plan to the detailed design phase.
Council has also called for expressions of interest for architectural design services for the proposed Tamworth Regional Youth Centre which is to be located in Centenary Park. Expressions of interest closed last Tuesday and a selected tenderer will be announced soon.
The NOW initiative is based around the Urban Renewal Masterplan for Coledale which Tamworth Regional Council formally adopted in November last year. It was developed jointly over a number of years by Council and Housing NSW in consultation with the Coledale community.
The name, NOW, is an acronym of its key elements – Neighbourhood, Opportunities and Working Together.
Cr Murray said the NOW initiative is an exciting opportunity for the Tamworth region.
'The NOW initiative involves a range of improvements to the streetscape, roads and built environment of Coledale, construction of a new multi-million dollar regional youth centre and the creation of 58 new blocks for affordable housing,' he said.
'Ultimately this will mean more people have the chance to achieve the great Australian dream of owning a home, while the new youth centre will be a base for a range of health, education, cultural and recreation services to improve opportunities for the region's young people.'
Tamworth Regional Council Director Planning and Community Services, Jackie Kruger, said Council will continue to work closely with Coledale residents and the region's youth through the next stages of the NOW initiative.
Mrs Kruger said that there are a range of existing community building, health and social initiatives funded through the State Government and non-government agencies that will also work hand-in-hand with the Building Better Regional Cities project.
'Council is working closely with the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Youth Opportunities Working Group so that resources and effort are optimised,' she said.
'This collaborative and holistic approach to community development in Coledale will add significant value to the Federal Government's funding investment.'
Under the funding agreement with the Federal Government, key infrastructure work for the NOW initiative aims to be completed by March 2014.