THE Narooma Streetscape Sunset Advisory Committee has met for the first time and will this month be making sure residents and businesses can have a say on the road works that will be phase one of the $3.6 million streetscaping project.
The phase one works are to provide new service mains and stormwater lines as well as a new roundabout at the intersection of Bluewater Drive, McMillan Road and the Princes Highway. They will also include a new access road into Club Narooma.
Mayor Lindsay Brown said the Sunset Advisory Committee has been charged with developing the phase one consultation that will inform businesses and residents on the method and timing of the Narooma work.
“We want to discuss with the community how the work is to be carried out, how long it is likely to take, the impact it may have on local businesses and traffic and any other ways it could affect the CBD and the town,” Cr Brown said.
The work is to be funded by Eurobodalla Shire Council, NSW Roads and Maritime Services and a contribution from the Narooma Sports and Services Club.
Cr Brown says an early start is needed to ensure the $500,000 grant is spent by the state government’s June 30 deadline.
“We will be informing the community soon so we can meet this phase one deadline with the aim of starting the work in March. Council’s aim is to complete the major road works in time for the busy Christmas holiday period,” Cr Brown said.
The Sunset Advisory Committee members are Cr Brown, Cr Neil Burnside and community representatives Graham Reeve of the Narooma Sports and Services Club, Lyn Field of Big 4 Narooma Easts Holiday Park and Jock Munro of the Narooma Chamber of Commerce.
In coming months, the committee will also be developing ways to consult with the community to create a design for the second phase of the Narooma streetscaping project which will landscape the area between Wharf and Field Streets.
“We will be working with the community and a consultant to develop a design for the landscaping phase. The aim is to have this second phase completed by June 30, 2014,” Cr Brown said.
The mayor said the Narooma Streetscape Sunset Advisory Committee is excited about the project. “We are looking forward to working with everyone in Narooma to make sure they can be involved every step along the way.”
You can follow this project online at www.esc.nsw.gov.au by clicking on Council Projects on the General menu.