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Industry touted in town

Cootamundra Shire is forging ahead with a proposedindustrial sub-division onthe corner of Turners Lane and Gundagai Road.

At Monday night’s council meeting, councillors were told it would cost$1,564,650 to create the sub-division.

Councillor Paul Braybrooks advocated for council to move ahead with the project.

“It is not acceptable that we (Cootamundra Shire) are in the position of not having any industrial land available,” Cr Braybrooks said.

“That situation is in the foreseeable future,” he continued.

To get the land to a salable state, council would have to construct a road, kerb, install sewer pipes, stormwater, telecommunication lines, powerlines, water supply, gas and purchase the land.

However, Cr Braybrooks believes it would be worth it.

“”As a country town, if there is no industrial land, we are not going anywhere,” Cr Braybrooks said.

He said it is imperative council seek to move forward with the project.

“This is for job creation, this is for our future,” Cr Braybrooks said.

The prospect of completing the project in stages was discussed, however council general manager Ken Trethewey pointed out that the first stage would cost a million dollars and said it would end up more cost effective to undertake the project as a whole.

Cr Braybrooks indicated that potential buyers for the property may already exist.

“I’d suggest we would sell two sizable lots quite quickly,” Cr Braybrooks said.

To undertake such a large project in the current political climate where merger decisions are yet to be finalised is not an easy task, but one with roadblocks which are not insurmountable, according to Mr Trethewey.

Currently, council can not enter into a contract for work worth more than $250,000. This is until a decision on amalgamation is made, however Mr Trethewey indicated dispensation avenues are available.

With a majority of councillors in favour of moving forward with the project now a costing has been put before them, they instructed council staff to come back to the next council meeting with a plan to fund the project.

Cr Braybrooks suggested council may be able to borrow from themselves to get started on the project.

“This is a priority for Cootamundra,” Councillor Rosalind Wight said.

She suggested council look at starting the project before the end of the financial year, if possible.

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