Cowra will soon have a revitalised CBD area, with work commencing next month on the CBD Footpath Refurbishment Project.
Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West said the refurbishments are designed to create a pleasant, appealing and usable space which attracts people to the Cowra CBD and stimulates renewed economic activity.
"This is a significant investment by council to enhance the retail experience in the main shopping precinct of Cowra by providing new seating and shade structures, new safe and modern footpath surfaces, additional lighting for shop fronts, new frontage to Squire Park and additional flower beds and landscaping which will create a vibrant, outdoor space," Cr West said.
"Furthermore, the project will see an additional 22 shops have disabled access to their premises with the footpath meeting the front step, making a total of 58 Kendal Street buildings and premises accessible.
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"The Cowra Footpath Refurbishment Project has been on the table with council for many years with Phase 1, the Kendal Street upgrade, completed some three years ago. Phase 2, the Footpath Reconstruction Project, involved significant public consultation from December 2015 to February 2016, including a shop front showing the design options, 3D displays and a survey on design options. These design options were approved by Council in March 2016."
Council acknowledges that there will be disruption during the construction phase, however in order to ensure that there will be minimal disruption to shops and business and to maintain access to shops and businesses during opening hours, this project has been broken into eight stages (areas) and each area will be completed in 25 working days.
The project will commence in September 2019 at the corner of Kendal and Lachlan Street and create a new entrance to the shopping precinct.
It will then work up the street to the east working through the stages alternating on the north and south sides of the street, and take almost 12 months to complete the 3500m2 project.
"The Cowra CBD is the primary service and commercial hub of the Cowra Shire and has an important place in the economic development of our community," Cr West said.
"Almost 20 per cent of Cowra's population have some form of connection to employment in the Cowra CBD. Tourism and hospitality are also key industries, contributing $42.3million to the Cowra Shire economy in 2017/2018.
"Acknowledging this, council is leading this generational and economic development stimulus project as an investment in the future of Cowra,"
If you would like a completed set of drawings and/or have any questions please contact Project Manager Kate Alberry - Director Environmental Services - 02 6340 2000.