February 2022 Update

We’ve been busy over the Christmas and New Year period, confirming cost items and looking for funding. The Reference Group minutes are available to view below - please note that a meeting was not held in January 2022.

In summary, here are some of the things we’ve been doing:

1. Confirming the costs of the essential services

A few months ago, we provided an initial estimate of $32 million for the costs of developing the essential services for the paper subdivision (roads, stormwater drainage, sewer, water and electricity). We’re working towards a final estimate of those costs by:

  • Marking out the easements throughout the subdivision to see what structures need to be moved, for future sewer and stormwater drainage. Our surveyors are about halfway through this job and should finish by March 2022. You’ll see their pegs and stakes throughout the area.
  • We’ve engaged contamination consultants to undertake a detailed site investigation, to estimate the costs and extent of any remediation required. This will start after the easement survey is complete.
  • A staging plan has been completed to estimate the costs of staging the works around existing residents. We are reviewing the draft plan and costs with our consultants.
  • We are confirming the costs and detail required to obtain planning approval for the work.
  • We are obtaining detailed design and quotes to construct the stormwater detention tanks, which are a part of the stormwater detention system.

2. Preparation for future development

  • We’ve asked Crown Lands to transfer the land reserved for Dillabirra Road from Crown to Council ownership, so that a road can be built when funding is confirmed.
  • We have received a draft bush fire threat assessment for the subdivision. It helps us work out which future buildings would need to be built to bush fire construction standards.

3. Looking for assistance with funding

  • We are exploring a Federal Government loan and grant program called the National Housing Infrastructure Fund.
  • We’re also still looking for other funding support through State and Federal Government. Our initial meetings have not yet provided any other avenues for funding.

4. Managing existing risk

We’re actively reviewing the risks residents face from living in the subdivision and looking to reduce these. We have met with our bush fire consultant and the NSW Rural Fire Service to review our current bush fire risks. Our Compliance staff will also be considering any outstanding building and development, sewage management and waste matters.

If you have questions, please contact Council's Integrated Planning Team on 4921 0333 or email [email protected].

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