Dying CBD revived

Nerilee Antiques owner Frances Linnertson. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Nerilee Antiques owner Frances Linnertson. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

A SERIES of planned streetscape works will boost Jamberoo's "dying" CBD, but more still needs to be done, one long-time business owner believes.

The council has allocated $150,000 in each of the 2014-15 and 2015-16 financial years for the re-development of Jamberoo's CBD streetscape.

The council will publicly exhibit the Draft Jamberoo Streetscape re-development plan for 28 days, before preparing a subsequent report on the submissions received for endorsement of the plan.

A working party of staff, residents and business representatives developed the draft plan. Meetings were held by the working party and a concept plan was developed to be placed on public exhibition.

The plan covers the length of Allowrie Street between Minnamurra Lane and Churchill Street. It includes the implementation of a traffic management device, landscaped garden beds with sandstone edging, selected footpath paving, new street furniture, pedestrian crossing and hedging around Reid Park.

The colour scheme selected for the project has been taken from the Jamberoo School of Arts building.

Nerilee Antiques owner Frances Linnertson has operated the Allowrie Street shop for 34 years.

The 82-year-old was also a committee member and hoped the works would make the CBD area more appealing.

She was pleased with the news, and hoped the works would "pretty it up a bit more, as it's really dying".

"[The CBD] has become very quiet," she said.

"Fredericks was out of action for so long, so hopefully they'll bring some people in.

"It just needs to be made to look a little more attractive," she said.

However, she believed more needed to be done.

"They need more money to do some more work.

"I don't think [the money] will go very far," she said.

More detailed construction plans and cost estimates for the streetscape works will be prepared following any amendments to the plan, which may occur as a result of the public exhibition process.

The plan will be placed on the council's website, displayed in the council foyer and at Fredericks IGA, and forwarded to the Jamberoo Residents and Ratepayers Association for feedback.

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