A team of consultants has been appointed by Cowra Council to provide a study on the development of an alternative heavy vehicle route in the CBD.
Cowra Mayor Cr Bill West said "the feedback we have received so far from the CBD Masterplan proposal is that Cowra residents acknowledge the need for development of an alternative heavy vehicle route for the town and this is about strategic planning for the vital long-term benefit of Cowra".
Council has said the transportation study will include consultations with Councillors, Roads and Maritime Services, Cowra Business Chamber, local freight companies, local bus companies, local taxi operators, Council’s Natural Resource Management Advisory Committee, as well as Cowra’s general community.
Cr West emphasised the alternative route study is a process which all Cowra residents will be offered the opportunity to comment on.
“Public consultation will be undertaken as part of the process and this will include a CBD shopfront display”, Cr West said.
“This is the start of the process of developing an alternative heavy vehicle route for Cowra’s CBD and we want to take into account the concerns and views of all the residents and stakeholders in Cowra."
It follows on from Council endorsing a brief for the Heavy Vehicle Bypass Study Route in May for the development of proposed routes.
GHD Consultants were awarded the contract after eight proposals were submitted.
Cowra Council’s general manager Paul Devery praised their submission.
“Their methodology is solid, their staff are experienced, and their program meets our timeline,” Mr Devery said.
A report on the study will be presented to Cowra Shire Council’s General Committee on Monday, August 13 with the draft to go to Council in October with a Public Exhibition in November.