Cowra Council responds to CBD footpath project criticism

Cowra Council has referred to criticism of the CBD Footpath Reconstruction Project as "disappointing".

While noting a report on the project's progress, Cowra Councillor Bill West said while there had been some negative feedback to the work on Kendal St, it would transform the CBD for the better.

There has also been some criticism regarding the funding for the project coming from the Drought Communities Programme which is providing funding of $110 million over two years from 2018-19 to eligible Councils

"[It] is causing some consternation in the community," Cr West said of the project.

"It is an important capital works program for our community. There has been some criticism in some quarters, which is a little bit disappointing."

Cr Judi Smith noted the project is set to come under budget.

"We are planning to be under our allocated budget," she said.

"It's a worthwhile thing to do."

Cr Ray Walsh said the project would "beautify" the main street and hopefully attract more tourist spending in town.

Cr West said it was business as normal during the duration of the work.

"There will be some interruptions, all businesses will be open during daily business hours," he said.

"We will work with fellow community members in the CBD."

The Drought Communities Programme is aimed at delivering immediate economic stimulus and other benefits and is targeted at supprting local community infrastructure and other drought relief projects for communities who have been impacted by drought.

Funding targeted infrastructure and other projects that stimulate local community spending and provide a long-lasting benefit to communities and the agricultural industries on which they depend.

It was also aimed at improving levels of economic activity in regions, increase productivity in regions and enable better retention of businesses, services and facilities.

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