Railway Lane and Brisbane St road closures
Stirloch Construction has commenced the demolition and construction of a new building opposite the Motor Registry in Railway Lane (the old Ellis building). Barricading with new pedestrian access finalised with construction traffic now on the site.
Residents should note that parking arrangements adjacent to the Motor Registry in Railway Lane have been changed from hourly (1P) parking to "No Stopping" meaning that no stopping or parking is permitted in this vicinity. Pedestrians however will still have access at this juncture and the Bus Zone in Railway Lane will remain in operation.
Site Manager for Stirloch Construction, Shannon Kearns, has assured Council that every effort will be made to minimise disruption to this key business area. For more information, contact: Shannon Kearns ShannonK@stirloch.com.au
CBD Master Plan in shopfront display
Find out more about Cowra Council’s draft proposal main street redevelopment from Council staff at a special shopfront display.
The shopfront allows residents to find out more about the CBD Traffic Management and Redevelopment Master Plan recently approved for public exhibition by Cowra Council.
Council’s staff will be available at the shopfront to answer any questions, concerns, or issues on the proposed redevelopment.
The public exhibition will be in the shopfront on the corner of Kendal and Macquarie Street Cowra from 10–4pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a four-week period.
The plans can also be viewed at Cowra Council Chambers in Kendal St, at Cowra Library in Darling St, and at: www.cowraregion.com.au/home/?id=2468
Destructive weed found in Cowra Shire
Cowra Council weed officers recently detected two outbreaks of a weed noxious to many districts of NSW.
Commonly-called ‘fireweed’ (Senecio Madagascariensis) has bright-yellow flowers about the size of a ten-cent coin and typically with 13-petals.
Fireweed seeds prolifically and spreads rapidly via wind-born seedheads. Two previously-undetected outbreaks were recently found in the Shire on the Young Rd. It is believed that both outbreaks were transported in soil from coastal areas either on earthmoving equipment or in a garden pot. The plants in these two outbreaks have been destroyed by Council officers.
Fireweed is toxic to horses and cattle causing severe liver damage if eaten in large quantities, the weed can quickly dominate and overrun paddocks if not treated. Sheep and goats are more tolerant to its toxic effects.
It has recently been declared a Weed of National Significance as one of the 32 most-destructive weeds in Australia.
Landholders are urged to be on the look-out for individual plants and to report sightings to Council’s Weeds Department on 6340 2135.
Water Treatment Upgrade
Following a recent Cowra Shire Council decision; Council has resolved to spend up to $2.5 million on an upgrade of Cowra’s Water Treatment Plant. This project is to be loan-funded. Council welcomes submissions on this project on or before Friday, August 3 2012.
Road Work on Forbes Road and Gooloogong Village
Council is undertaking widening and strengthening of the road shoulders on Forbes Road, 30–35km from Cowra through Gooloogong village. Work is expected to finish in mid-July. Council will be carrying out this work under contract for the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS). Temporary delays will occur at various times, depending on the progress of the works.
Council apologises for the inconvenience that these delays will incur. For more information, contact Cowra Operations Department on 6340 2070.
Reduced water use
Cowra households have decreased their water use in the last financial year. According to the 2010/2011 Central West Regional State of the Environment (RSoE) Report, average household water use was 174kL, down from 220kL in 2009/10 and corresponding with the overall downward trend in the Central West region. These reductions in water demand across the region may be due to water savings programs in the community, and increased rainfall filling domestic rainwater tanks thereby reducing the demand for household water.
Cowra Council area is also home to 2022 septic tanks, the fourth highest of all Councils in the Central West region. Despite this, Cowra Council received no complaints regarding septic tanks, indicating good monitoring and management of septic tanks in the region. If poorly maintained, septic systems can potentially cause problems such as blue-green algae blooms in local waterways and create issues for public health.
To view a copy of the latest RSoE visit Cowra Council, the Library or the Central West CMA website at: www.cw.cma.nsw.gov.au
In the event a home-owner experiencing a discharge of sewer from a boundary inspection shaft or gully trap, the first course of action should be to contact a plumber. The plumber will then determine responsibility for the spill.
Cowra Regional Art Gallery — News
Now showing — SHELL-SHOCKED: Australia after Armistice. A touring exhibition to mark the 90th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice at the end of World War I from the National Archives of Australia, Canberra.
This memorable exhibition explores the personal impact of war on Australian men, women and children, and the nation’s attempts to recover from the loss or injury of almost three-quarters of its soldiers serving overseas. It shows how the nation channelled its grief into public commemoration, honouring the fallen with national monuments and ubiquitous small town memorials.
The exhibition features photographs, personal letters, service files and memorabilia from the National Archives collection — continues to 22 July 2012.
Shell- Shocked is accompanied by Mapping our Anzacs, an innovative and popular website including information on servicemen and their communities in a fundamentally different way, using Google Maps technology. Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10–4pm and Sunday 2–4pm. General admission free. Groups welcome.
For more information tel: 6340 2190.