FIGTREES on the Manning is located on the northern bank of the Manning River, approximately 2km east of the Taree town centre. The site is around 20ha in size and includes a closed dairy factory in Pitt Street, through to and including the Mid Coast Ford site in Bligh Street, Chatham.
Given the location and heritage of the site a master plan was developed to determine the future development of this important waterfront site.
The master plan(PDF, 5MB) allows for a range of uses across the site including open space, residential, commercial and tourism. A marina has also been included in the master plan.
A major outcome of this rezoning was to open up the foreshore for public use and to create an off-road pedestrian / cycleway link between the Taree CBD and the recreation / entertainment precinct to the east of this site.
The site will ultimately enable the construction of around 500 residential units and have a range of commercial buildings which can be occupied by cafes, restaurants and other businesses.
A voluntary planning agreement outlines what public outcomes the landowners are required to provide with each stage of the development.
In 2019 the Hon Dr David Gillespie MP, Federal Member for Lyne, secured an $8.5 million grant to Bushland Health Group Limited to provide the public infrastructure associated with the Figtrees on the Manning development precinct, located on the river at Chatham including:
- Extending Pitt Street to link up with Bligh Street, including a bridge/culvert over the creek
- Upgrading of Pitt and Bligh Streets
- Upgrading of the intersection of Nelson / Lyndhurst Streets with Oxley Street (former highway) including installation of traffic lights
- Modification of the intersection of Pioneer and Chatham Streets (former highway) to extend turning lanes
- Upgrading of the intersection of Bligh Street and Manning River Drive (former highway), including installation of traffic lights
- Providing a pedestrian / cycle bridge over Browns Creek, linking the Taree CBD through the Bicentennial Gardens through to the Taree Recreation Grounds / Manning Aquatic Leisure Centre / Manning Entertainment Centre
Our staff are working closely with the Bushland Health Group project team to ensure grant timeframes are met. The construction of the pedestrian / cycle bridge over Browns Creek is complete, and the path linking it to Pitt Street is still under construction.
Following completion of the public infrastructure, Council expects to receive a development application for subdivision to create 'super-lots' upon which individual developments will be undertaken. The first developments are expected to be a vertical retirement village and a micro-brewery.