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As we finalise our Draft Integrated Planning and Reporting documentation 2020 - 2021 we can't help but get excited about some of the projects we’re planning.

If you have something to say about our major projects, we are listening, so provide your feedback or questions, you can also comment in the forums. To be kept in the loop on other upcoming projects, you can also register here for Clarence Conversations.

Below, you can discover the key projects we're planning to deliver over the next 12 months. Feel free to ask questions in the forums, we’re interested to hear your thoughts.

We recommend you also take a look at our draft Operational Plan to see what activities we have planned for the year, the draft Capital Works Program to see the detail about other capital projects proposed, to review fees that apply to you see our draft Fees and Charges and our draft Budget and Long Term Financial Plan for the detail about how we meet our Financial Sustainability obligations. You can see these and other relevant documents here

You can also make a formal submission, which will be reported to Council in June here. Submissions close 4pm 3 June.

Check out our projects and provide feedback in the forums below.

Maclean Pool Stage 2

What’s happening? Maclean Pool will be upgraded to increase accessibility and improve daily operations.


Cost - $1.3m


When is it happening? Project commenced in May and is due for completion in September.


How and why does this benefit the community?

  • The new plant room and the filtration system will allow for future pool upgrades and brings it up to current standards
  • New filtration equipment utilises less water, space and chemicals making it more efficient and better value for money
  • A new disability change room, shower and toilet will meet the needs of our community
  • New entry pathway and two disabled car parking spaces to improve accessibility ensure compliance and make it easier for everyone to get into the facility.


Grafton Administration Centre Upgrade – 2 Prince Street

What’s happening? Grafton Administration Centre upgrade.

Cost - $6,250,000 to be confirmed by tender (internal borrowings).


When is it happening? Plans are currently being finalised to improve accessibility to the Chambers. It is proposed to go to tender in June 2020.

How and why does this benefit the community?

  • Improve community public access
  • Provide an environment for inclusive employment
  • Offer a modern meeting space for Council to encourage improved community participation
  • It will be an accessible public building that meets National Building Code of Australia compliance
  • Enable more meeting spaces for staff and community.


Community Hall Improvements

What’s happening? Various Community Halls to be checked, assessed and upgrades carried out. Ensuring throughout the process that community needs are met.


Cost - $17,500 (Council); $300,000 (Grant funding).


When is it happening? July 2019 – June 2020.


How and why does this benefit the community? It will provide increased bushfire resistance at vulnerable halls to aide community recovery after emergency events.

  • Increase resilience capacity of communities
  • Improve community connection and collaboration
  • Allow for improved public amenity at public halls
  • Improve the life of public halls.


Increased Ranger Resources

What’s happening? Increased Ranger resources to include an additional 2 rangers and one parking officer.

Cost - $170,000 (NET offset by parking infringement income) (Council).

When is it happening? During the 2020/21 financial year.

How and why does this benefit the community?

  • Better coverage of the Clarence Valley
  • Quicker response times
  • More preventative measures and pro-active patrolling
  • Better turnover of parking within Grafton / Yamba and Maclean
  • Provide better service for our costumers overall.


Ulmarra River Precinct Stage 1

What’s happening? Implementation of the Ulmarra River Precinct Concept Plan. This includes work on Bailey Park, Small Park and the Coldstream Street.


Cost - $900,000 (Planning contribution funding).


When is it happening? Detailed design will commence in the coming months, with construction to occur in 2020/21 financial year.

How and why does this benefit the community?

  • It will create a more useable community spaces
  • Encourages economic activity through attracting visitors, especially as Ulmarra is bypassed by the new M1 Pacific Motorway
  • It enables planning to support efficient, cost effective construction that limits disruption to community and businesses during the build
  • It will include infrastructure that is accessible, safe, inviting, suitably positioned and sympathetic to location.


Grafton Regional Art Gallery Stage 2

What’s happening?Grafton Regional Art Gallery upgrade has already commenced and this project is the continuation of that work.


Cost - $6,000,000 in total (Grant funding).

When is it happening?Project commenced in July 2019 and is due for completion in December 2020.

How and why does this benefit the community?

  • Increase venue capacity for events and improved accessibility across the site.
  • It will become a multi purpose space for the community to use
  • Provide a new café area to enhance visitor experience.
  • A state-of-the-art exhibition space, designed to meet current National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries including climate control.
  • It incorporates smart efficient design including renewable energy generation, thermally efficient building design, integrated Building Management System, high energy efficient heating and cooling systems.
  • It will enable the storage of art collection above flood level Support artist-in-residence with accommodation.



Yamba Road Intersections

What’s happening?Roundabouts will be installed on Yamba Road intersections at Treelands Drive and Carrs Drive.


Cost - $1,114,786 (Grant funding); $327,369 (Council funding).


When is it happening?Tender in the next couple of weeks - first one scheduled to be finish by end of year 2020 (Treelands Drive roundabout) the second one by Mid 2021 (Carrs Drive roundabout).


How and why does this benefit the community?

  • Improved traffic flow and safety
  • It enables planning for future traffic growth
  • Allows for future population growth and increased tourism
  • Travel time on Yamba Road will be reduced.


Orara Way Safety & Pavement Upgrades

What’s happening?A combination of works on Orara Way will significantly improve the safety of this road, improve the ride quality, pavement condition and drainage.


Cost - $609,000 Grant funding; $1,125,000 SRV funding.


When is it happening?The works are currently undergoing detailed design, we anticipate work commencing in September 2020 and carrying through to May 2021.

How and why does this benefit the community?

  • It improves the road safety for the community
  • The road will be widened and road geometry will be improved.

As we finalise our Draft Integrated Planning and Reporting documentation 2020 - 2021 we can't help but get excited about some of the projects we’re planning.

If you have something to say about our major projects, we are listening, so provide your feedback or questions, you can also comment in the forums. To be kept in the loop on other upcoming projects, you can also register here for Clarence Conversations.

Below, you can discover the key projects we're planning to deliver over the next 12 months. Feel free to ask questions in the forums, we’re interested to hear your thoughts.

We recommend you also take a look at our draft Operational Plan to see what activities we have planned for the year, the draft Capital Works Program to see the detail about other capital projects proposed, to review fees that apply to you see our draft Fees and Charges and our draft Budget and Long Term Financial Plan for the detail about how we meet our Financial Sustainability obligations. You can see these and other relevant documents here

You can also make a formal submission, which will be reported to Council in June here. Submissions close 4pm 3 June.

Check out our projects and provide feedback in the forums below.

Maclean Pool Stage 2

What’s happening? Maclean Pool will be upgraded to increase accessibility and improve daily operations.


Cost - $1.3m


When is it happening? Project commenced in May and is due for completion in September.


How and why does this benefit the community?

  • The new plant room and the filtration system will allow for future pool upgrades and brings it up to current standards
  • New filtration equipment utilises less water, space and chemicals making it more efficient and better value for money
  • A new disability change room, shower and toilet will meet the needs of our community
  • New entry pathway and two disabled car parking spaces to improve accessibility ensure compliance and make it easier for everyone to get into the facility.


Grafton Administration Centre Upgrade – 2 Prince Street

What’s happening? Grafton Administration Centre upgrade.

Cost - $6,250,000 to be confirmed by tender (internal borrowings).


When is it happening? Plans are currently being finalised to improve accessibility to the Chambers. It is proposed to go to tender in June 2020.

How and why does this benefit the community?

  • Improve community public access
  • Provide an environment for inclusive employment
  • Offer a modern meeting space for Council to encourage improved community participation
  • It will be an accessible public building that meets National Building Code of Australia compliance
  • Enable more meeting spaces for staff and community.


Community Hall Improvements

What’s happening? Various Community Halls to be checked, assessed and upgrades carried out. Ensuring throughout the process that community needs are met.


Cost - $17,500 (Council); $300,000 (Grant funding).


When is it happening? July 2019 – June 2020.


How and why does this benefit the community? It will provide increased bushfire resistance at vulnerable halls to aide community recovery after emergency events.

  • Increase resilience capacity of communities
  • Improve community connection and collaboration
  • Allow for improved public amenity at public halls
  • Improve the life of public halls.


Increased Ranger Resources

What’s happening? Increased Ranger resources to include an additional 2 rangers and one parking officer.

Cost - $170,000 (NET offset by parking infringement income) (Council).

When is it happening? During the 2020/21 financial year.

How and why does this benefit the community?

  • Better coverage of the Clarence Valley
  • Quicker response times
  • More preventative measures and pro-active patrolling
  • Better turnover of parking within Grafton / Yamba and Maclean
  • Provide better service for our costumers overall.


Ulmarra River Precinct Stage 1

What’s happening? Implementation of the Ulmarra River Precinct Concept Plan. This includes work on Bailey Park, Small Park and the Coldstream Street.


Cost - $900,000 (Planning contribution funding).


When is it happening? Detailed design will commence in the coming months, with construction to occur in 2020/21 financial year.

How and why does this benefit the community?

  • It will create a more useable community spaces
  • Encourages economic activity through attracting visitors, especially as Ulmarra is bypassed by the new M1 Pacific Motorway
  • It enables planning to support efficient, cost effective construction that limits disruption to community and businesses during the build
  • It will include infrastructure that is accessible, safe, inviting, suitably positioned and sympathetic to location.


Grafton Regional Art Gallery Stage 2

What’s happening?Grafton Regional Art Gallery upgrade has already commenced and this project is the continuation of that work.


Cost - $6,000,000 in total (Grant funding).

When is it happening?Project commenced in July 2019 and is due for completion in December 2020.

How and why does this benefit the community?

  • Increase venue capacity for events and improved accessibility across the site.
  • It will become a multi purpose space for the community to use
  • Provide a new café area to enhance visitor experience.
  • A state-of-the-art exhibition space, designed to meet current National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries including climate control.
  • It incorporates smart efficient design including renewable energy generation, thermally efficient building design, integrated Building Management System, high energy efficient heating and cooling systems.
  • It will enable the storage of art collection above flood level Support artist-in-residence with accommodation.



Yamba Road Intersections

What’s happening?Roundabouts will be installed on Yamba Road intersections at Treelands Drive and Carrs Drive.


Cost - $1,114,786 (Grant funding); $327,369 (Council funding).


When is it happening?Tender in the next couple of weeks - first one scheduled to be finish by end of year 2020 (Treelands Drive roundabout) the second one by Mid 2021 (Carrs Drive roundabout).


How and why does this benefit the community?

  • Improved traffic flow and safety
  • It enables planning for future traffic growth
  • Allows for future population growth and increased tourism
  • Travel time on Yamba Road will be reduced.


Orara Way Safety & Pavement Upgrades

What’s happening?A combination of works on Orara Way will significantly improve the safety of this road, improve the ride quality, pavement condition and drainage.


Cost - $609,000 Grant funding; $1,125,000 SRV funding.


When is it happening?The works are currently undergoing detailed design, we anticipate work commencing in September 2020 and carrying through to May 2021.

How and why does this benefit the community?

  • It improves the road safety for the community
  • The road will be widened and road geometry will be improved.
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