Bega Valley's feedback sought on CBD plans

THE community is being invited to meet with project team members tasked with improving the shire’s town centres.

As reported recently (BDN, 7/2), community comment and feedback are being sought for the design vision and options prepared as the next stage of the Bega Valley Shire CBD landscape master plans. 

The Bega Valley Shire Council’s consultant landscape architect, Spiire Australia, has compiled a number of draft documents from suggestions and information gathered through a series of stakeholder meetings, a community survey and media comment to form the design vision and options report. 

The report contains a draft vision statement, objectives and principles and a series of design options for key areas within Bega, Bermagui, Eden and Merimbula. 

BVSC group manager of planning and environment Andrew Woodley stressed the design vision and the options report were both draft reports intended to generate community discussion.

“We have received a strong response so far to the draft vision and options put forward, which highlights the community’s interest in the project and improvements to their town centres, and we are keen to hear more of the community’s views,” he said.

Mr Woodley said local people and organisations were encouraged to view and discuss the benefits and implications of the design vision and options and to raise other ideas and possibilities for consideration by the council and consultants.

“The more feedback that is provided – the better the resulting plans will be,” he said.

There will also be an opportunity next week to chat face-to-face with the project team at listening posts in each town. 

The project team will be in Bermagui’s Lamont Street on Wednesday from 11am until 6pm, Merimbula’s Twyford Hall on Thursday from 10am until 6pm, Eden’s Imlay St on Thursday from 1pm until 6pm, and Bega’s Ayres Walkway on Friday, March 7, from 11am until 6pm.

More information is available on the project website and in bulletins distributed in each town. 

To find out more about the project, complete the online survey available on Spiire’s website, www.spiire.com.au/projects/begavalley.

The survey closes on March 21. 

The project team will collate the data from the feedback and prepare a draft landscape master plan for each town.

The draft master plans will be available for comment and feedback in mid-2014. 

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