Bellingen Shire Council has started the process for creating a CBD concept plan.
Bellingen Shire Council has started the process for creating a CBD concept plan. Trevor Veale

Community consultation begins for Bellingen CBD concept plan

BELLINGEN Shire Council has started work on developing a concept plan to identify critical works and activities that will improve the safety of pedestrians and enhance the amenity of the town centre.

This project will involve extensive community engagement, research and review of existing information.

The decision follows on from the a Roads and Maritime Services safety review released last September, covering Waterfall Way from the Pacific Highway at Raleigh through to Dorrigo.

A recommendation from the review was to provide funding to council to develop and design a plan for the high pedestrian activity area in the Bellingen Central Business District (CBD).

To assist in the initial information gathering process, the council is seeking community feedback regarding ideas, concerns and suggestions for improvements.

This information will assist in the development and implementation of a concept plan which will be placed on display for further community comment and feedback.

The plan will focus on improving the urban landscape of the Bellingen Town Centre along the Waterfall Way (Hyde Street) and intersecting streets between Coronation and Prince Streets.

The aim of the plan is to provide a safer town centre that promotes walking and cycling as preferred modes of transport, while simultaneously contributing to the liveability and vitality of Bellingen.

Written comments should be forwarded to council with a closing date of February 27.

However, there will be further opportunity for input and additional community consultation throughout the project.



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