Council awards tender for new residential subdivision in Casino

Friday 22 November, 2019

RICHMOND Valley Council has accepted a tender for the delivery of the first stage of a new residential subdivision in Canning Drive, Casino, with new lots expected to be on the market early in the New Year.

At Tuesday’s ordinary meeting, Council resolved to accept a tender for the construction project from Price Civil Pty Ltd. The contract will involve earthworks, drainage, road and pavement construction, traffic management, and water and sewer reticulation for the new subdivision.

The two-stage project, will extend Canning Drive to Fairway Drive in Casino’s north and ultimately deliver 19 new residential lots to the market, with the first stage to deliver 10 lots.

General Manager Vaughan Macdonald said Council was taking a proactive approach to meeting the demand for new residential property in Casino by developing land itself where it was financially sound to do so.

He said Council purchased the Canning Drive land last year, following on from the successful delivery of the Settlers Estate on the eastern side of Casino, which comprised 70 lots released in four stages; now all sold.

“This project is aimed at satisfying the present ongoing demand for new residential land while other private rezoning proposals are still going through the approvals process.

“We know there is a significant demand in Casino for affordable residential lots and that is what this project will deliver.”

Mr Macdonald said one of the key priorities of the Richmond Valley Made 2030 Community Strategic Plan was supporting the growth of the local economy.

“This project will not only deliver residential land for new homes, and contribute towards the sustainable growth of Casino urban area, but it will also provide important opportunities for our local construction industry during the building phase,” he said.

The first ten lots are expected to be available for sale early in the New Year, with settlement expected by mid year.

Mayor Robert Mustow said it was vital to Casino’s future that a diversity of housing options were available for people who wanted to make the town their home.

“Casino has a lot of advantages – the land is relatively affordable, schools, shops, and parks are often within walking or riding distance, and our town has a great community culture with a full calendar of wonderful events year round,” Cr Mustow said.

“The delivery of the Settlers Estate shows Council has the capacity to manage residential subdivisions successfully.

“With the extension of Canning Drive, Council is again supporting the sustainable growth of our wonderful town in line with our Community Strategic Plan.”

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