Narooma speaks about its future; plans still up in the air

The street stall set up in front of Narooma Bakery on Wednesday, June 5.
The street stall set up in front of Narooma Bakery on Wednesday, June 5.

Last week, the Eurobodalla Shire Council held a street stall for the community to have their say on the future planning of Narooma Flat.

Two project consultants ran the stall which had more than 100 people attend over two hours - a council spokesperson said it was "packed".

"We had a great number of representatives who were specific users of certain areas; there were also people who just popped by to see what was going on," the spokesperson said.

The intersection of Field Street and the Princes Highway was a common concern which the council said they would advocate for solutions.

"Just how busy it is, and pedestrian safety was something we have taken on board, but because it is the highway, Roads and Maritime Services are in control," the spokesperson said.

The council also conducted workshops with community user groups to take into account, key features which need highlighting - for example, the strip of land in front of the Narooma Swimming Centre and Quota park.

Eurobodalla Council is developing a suite of masterplans to guide the development and management of a large swathe of Narooma's public land.

Eurobodalla Council is developing a suite of masterplans to guide the development and management of a large swathe of Narooma's public land.

"We want to make sure areas are setup really well to support events like the Oyster Festival which is such an asset for the community," the spokesperson said.

"A lot of people are saying it is great having events which bring people to have a look."

The council is looking to provide infrastructure to help facilitate future events.

"We want to know what type of events the community want - how they want to utilise public space and public land," the spokesperson said.

The council is working to achieve a "mixed balance" after conversations on Narooma's natural beauty and how to embrace the environment and discussions on improving business and economic development through tourism.

... the balancing of needs is really important to us

a council spokesperson

"It has come out strongly the community don't want to see over-development, they want to keep Narooma as natural as possible," the spokesperson said.

"We are hearing people want Narooma to be a nature-based hub."

The council is continuing to collect feedback through an online survey until June 21.

People asking questions and giving feedback on the future plans of Narooma Flat.

People asking questions and giving feedback on the future plans of Narooma Flat.

"We are collecting demonstrated evidence of needs in the community which will help us obtain funding or prioritise available council budgets," the spokesperson said.

"It has been great to have participation from the community, the balancing of needs is really important to us.

"We respect we can't give everyone what they want because people have different views, but we definitely listen and come up with something that will be great for the community overall."

To participate in the survey, CLICK HERE.

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