The NSW Government’s Joint Regional Planning Panels (JRPP) yesterday deferred approval of Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Land Use Application (LUA) for the Moss Vale Aquatic Centre.
Chairman of the Indoor Aquatic Working Group, Councillor Larry Whipper said the Indoor Aquatic Centre was another step closer to reality despite the deferral.
“In considering the project, all members of the JRPP expressed strong support for the scheme,” Councillor Whipper said.
“They have asked Council to supply further details in regards to parking and hard infrastructure such as pathways.
“In addition, Council will also be undertaking some additional community consultation in the coming weeks,” Councillor Whipper said.
The JRRP were involved in determining the project as it has a capital investment value of over $5 million.
“The panel members also indicated they would work together with Council to expedite the project considering the timeframe.
“The Indoor Aquatic Centre Working Group is hopeful that once the additional information is provided a decision will be forthcoming by the end of May,” Councillor Whipper added.
In the interim background works will continue as per the schedule and pending approval, construction will begin immediately on the multi-million dollar facility.
The JRRP deferred their decision after attending a site inspection on Thursday the 12 April followed by a meeting with Council’s Planning staff.
This decision by the JRPP to defer the approval was made after the LUA for the Indoor Aquatic Centre was independently assessed by Wollondilly Shire Council.