Bellingen Council general manager Mike Colreavy, Federal Minister Anthony Albanese, Bellingen mayor Mark Troy and the ALP's Cowper candidate Paul Sekfy were in Urunga yesterday.
Bellingen Council general manager Mike Colreavy, Federal Minister Anthony Albanese, Bellingen mayor Mark Troy and the ALP's Cowper candidate Paul Sekfy were in Urunga yesterday.

Bello, Dorrigo, Urunga facelift

THE town centres of Urunga, Bellingen and Dorrigo are getting major makeovers.

The Federal Government announced yesterday it will provide $1.4 million for a range of beautification projects and Bellingen Shire Council will contribute $200,000.

The Council submitted a grant proposal late last year and not surprisingly was very excited to welcome Infrastructure and Local Government Minister Anthony Albanese to Urunga yesterday for the official announcement.

“This is great news for our community because everyone will benefit and everyone will reap the rewards of the significant works that are about to be undertaken,” Bellingen mayor, Councillor Mark Troy said.

“The plans were developed some time ago after extensive community consultation, so I believe these much improved facilities will build and promote a strong sense of place across the shire,” he said.

In Bellingen, the Church Street north al fresco dining area will be upgraded with the formalisation of angle parking and a new pedestrian entry threshold off Hyde Street.

A viewing platform will be built to provide views of the river and mountains.

Below it, Jarrett Park will be transformed with a major expansion of the skate park and the building of an all-weather basketball court and a performance platform. The park will be landscaped and new pathways will lead to a viewing platform on the river bank.

Footpaths in the Urunga town centre are in for an upgrade and awnings will be built and extended to provide shelter for locals and visitors. Street trees will be planted and pedestrian crossings will be upgraded.

In Dorrigo, the upgrades in Hickory Street north of Waterfall Way will be duplicated south of the War Memorial and pedestrian safety improved.

Central to the works program will be the creation of an eight-person indigenous green team.

Green team co-ordinator Terence Hudson said he will begin recruiting shortly.

“The green team workers will basically be integrated into the Council workforce,” Mr Hudson said.

The upgrades are due for completion within the next 12 months.



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