Cowra councillors are urging residents to have their say on the draft CBD Traffic management and Redevelopment Masterplan.
The message was clear at last week’s meeting that some councillors are still frustrated at certain aspects of the plan, and want the community to voice their opinion.
“We are just placing it on public exhibition, not necessarily endorsing it,” stressed Councillor Bruce Miller, who successfully pushed for the word endorse to be dropped from the initial recommendation.
“We don’t want to make a decision from just 100 comments for a shire that’s 13,000 people.
“I encourage everyone to get involved.”
His words were later echoed by Deputy Mayor Ian Brown, when discussing the plan.
“This has now been passed over for community consultation,” Cr Brown stressed.
“We realise there are a number of issues and that’s why we want people to learn as much about it as possible, read the facts and give us their feedback.”
Under the plan wide load traffic will be diverted from Kendal Street which will receive a major facelift.
The facelift would involve a centre median strip, street trees and a change to parking.
Key components of the draft include: n A continuous median strip; n Installation of new traffic lights n the corner of Macquarie and Kendal Street; n A mid block crossing facility in the section of Kendal Street between Macquarie and Brisbane Street; n Changed angle parking on the southern side of Kendal Street; n Parallel parking on the northern side of Kendal Street and ; n New street furniture and street trees. The draft also proposes work be carried out in Railway Lane and along Redfern Street. Yesterday afternoon Council opened a shop in Kendal St aiming to facilitate residents’ responses, especially those reluctant to provide a formal submission.