Motel upgrade proposed

Hibiscus Lakeside Motel at Budgewoi

Hibiscus Lakeside Motel which overlooks Budgewoi Creek will be revamped to provide more units and conversion of one for disabled access.

Central Coast Council gave development consent in October 2020, however, the owner, Dilco Pty Ltd, wanted to make a few minor changes and submitted this fresh development application 582/2019.

The first floor balcony was reduced in size to accommodate stairway access, one car space has been removed and there has been a redesign of the pedestrian pathways and access ramp to the reception area.

There are 13 units at the motel on Diamond Head Dr, next to the boat ramp at Budgewoi bridge.

Plans are to renovate one of the existing ground floor units for accessible accommodation with a concrete accessible ramp and landing as well as a disabled car space at the front of the unit.

Access for the disabled will also include an accessible ramp to the reception area with internal alterations to better utilise that area.

Proposed additions are to provide external access to the manager’s first floor accommodation and external access to the bathroom facilities from the existing courtyard.

On the first floor, the existing restaurant, manager’s room and living area will be renovated to provide an additional three units.

It is proposed to construct an addition to provide two additional units, one utilising the existing bathroom amenities and construct a 3m-wide tiled concrete balcony with an external stairway to provide external access.

Apart from the increase in accommodation, there will be an extra six car parking spaces to cater for visitors and more stack parking will be provided to the side southern boundary for staff.

There will be a bicycle parking area in the internal courtyard and lots of landscaping along the driveway and parking areas to make the building more attractive in the streetscape.

Public submissions on this new DA will close on April 19.

Sue Murray

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