Cowra Council’s new interactive kiosk gets the once over from (l-r) information services manager Ken Apps, environmental services director Michael Carter, Mayor of Cowra Bill West and general manager Paul Devery.
WITH the public exhibition period for both the draft Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and draft CBD Traffic Management and Redevelopment Master Plan drawing to a close, now’s the final opportunity to have your say.
For the LEP, the end is now in sight for a journey going back a number of years from when this process started. Once finalised, the LEP will determine the future planning and zoning principles for the whole shire.
Although there hasn’t been a huge response to this public exhibition period, the feedback we have received has been positive. The LEP also has the honour of being the first public exhibition to be displayed on council’s new interactive kiosk. Next time you’re in the Council’s Customer Service Centre, have a look at this great new community feedback innovation.
The Cowra CBD Traffic Management and Redevelopment Master Plan on exhibition in council’s special shopfront display on the corner of Kendal and Macquarie Sts has struck a chord with residents, with more than 100 submissions received by council so far.
In many conversations with ratepayers; the general consensus is that “something should be done” about Cowra’s main street, with most people viewing this plan as a good starting point for the future. In conjunction with the Alternate Heavy Vehicle Route, it will provide an excellent template for what is an important strategic direction for Cowra.
Because of the public interest in this issue, council’s display for the draft main street redevelopment was opened as a special event last Saturday from 10am to 12-noon.
Cowra’s Shire’s Water Treatment Plant was returned to service last Friday evening following a 24-hour shutdown caused by mechanical failure.
While the repair of the river pumps was of grave concern for council staff, it was not a major emergency given the back-up water supply now available from Lake Rowlands.
The shutdown showed the importance of the $4.5 million Emergency Water Pipeline completed recently to provide an emergency feed from Central Tablelands Waters’ main pipeline east of Woodstock.
This is the type of situation for which 33km pipeline was designed – for times when Cowra’s primary water supply is reduced or threatened due to drought or mechanical problems.
Recent events include the Lions Changeover Dinner and the opening of the new Thai Buddha restaurant at 127 Kendal St.
While family commitments and shearing have curtailed my commitments recently; I would like to acknowledge the way in which my colleagues including Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ian Brown, have stepped into the breach for official functions including the fantastic Sportsperson of the Year Awards event.
With plenty happening, coming events include the POW Breakout Celebrations, and the Country Living Expo. To be held in Sydney, this event also provides for businesses to be involved in a unique opportunity for Cowra to be showcased to an audience of thousands.
– Bill West,
Mayor of Cowra.