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HOMES SWEET HOMES: Maitland City Council’s Development and Environment manager David Simm with some of the housing development already underway at Gillieston Heights.Already experiencing exponential residential growth Maitland boom suburb Gillieston Heights is set to expand further.

Maitland City Council will discuss an application for 46 residential lotson Cessnock Road when it meets on Tuesday night.

The application to turn two lots into 46, has been lodged by Maitland Property No. 1 Pty Ltd and Gillieston Heights Investments Pty Ltd.

Council planners have recommended the application for approval.

FairfaxMedia reported in July howMaitland’s population has almost doubled in the past 24 years, atrend set to continue with a population of more than 104,000 forecast by2036.

The application proposes the sub-division with associated infrastructure works across a 3.85 hectare site.

An application to demolish a Tenambit buildingto make way for a health care centre is also on Tuesday night’s agenda.

The proposal is to demolish an exsiting building at No. 59 Maize Street to make way for the single-storey complex which would have two tenancies.

The application is recommended for approval.

A wrap up of Maitland’s Aroma Coffee and Chocolate Festival is also up for discussion onTuesday night.

The event was heldon August 12 and 13 in the Riverside Car Park, Central Maitland and attracted about16,000 people.

The report said the festival receives an annual funding allocation of $30,000 from the Central Maitland Marketing Levy to be spent on the marketing and promotion of the event.

Income is also generated through stall site fees, sponsorship and merchandise sales.

The report said that whilesome accounts are still being finalised, Aroma 2017 is expected to operate at a loss of approximately $9300,largelyattributed to significant infrastructure costs associated with running the event primarily a series of generators and electrical cables.

The report said while this is a recurring cost, it is necessary given the scale and nature of the event, which uses the whole of the Riverside Car Park and surrounding lane ways.

It is also important as the location of Aroma provides connection to the Hunter River and supports the western end of The Levee precinct, the report said.

It is anticipated thedeficit will be covered by a surplus from other events and therefore will not impact council’s adopted budget.

“Maitland Aroma continues to be a popular inclusion in the city’s annual events calendar, which is positively embraced by the community,” the report said. “Thanks should be given to volunteers, sponsors and community groups who continue to make Aromapossible.”

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