Council approves $6.5 million motel for Worrowing Heights
Shoalhaven City Council has approved a Development Application for the demolition of an existing dwelling and construction of an 80 room motel at Worrowing Heights during tonight’s Ordinary Meeting.
The $6 million Development Application allows for the construction of 80 accommodation rooms, manager’s residence, reception building, restaurant, pool, tennis court, day spa and visitor parking areas.
Mayor, Joanna Gash said the proposed development would provide the Bay and Basin area with high quality motel style accommodation and ancillary services unique to the area.
The Mayor said that while Council had placed a number of conditions on the DA in order to protect the amenity of adjoining residents she was extremely pleased to see developments of this size coming to the area.
“The Bay and Basin area does not currently cater to large groups seeking high quality accommodation and recreational facilities despite being one of the most visited areas in the State,” said Clr Gash.
“Once completed this development will provide the local tourism industry with another huge shot in the arm and help cater to the area’s growing overseas and internal visitors.
“Council certainly considered the potential impacts this development may have on adjoining property owners and have implemented a number of conditions on the DA to potentially minimise these.”
“While I sympathise with the neighbours of the development, the proposed motel provides a form of accommodation that this area desperately needs if we are to continue growing the local economy.”
The Mayor said the development represents a number of changes for the area that includes the recent commencement of works on the new Vincentia Shopping Centre.
Conditions placed on the development include –
- A noise barrier to be set back a minimum of one metre on the access way and 10 metres on the eastern boundary to accommodate a landscape barrier.
- A dilapidation report to be provided on the adjoining residences to ensure any damage incurred during construction is addressed.
- The noise attenuation barrier to be designed and constructed to ensure it provides sound attenuation and an attractive appearance.