Community ideas welcomed in Moruya CBD upgrade works
Community feedback helped modify initial plans to transform the central business district of Moruya into a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, allowing more parking spaces and facilities for e-bikes to be retained.
Previous work included elevated level crossings at Shore and Ford Streets, a roundabout at the intersection of Ford Street and Ford Lane, and the introduction of a 30km speed zone.
Eurobodalla Shire Council subsequently sought further community feedback on further improvements to Moruya, including raised level crossings on Church and Queen Streets and regular two-hour street parking.
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Eurobodalla traffic committee chair Amber Schutz said the council had agreed to accept $280,000 in funding from Transport for NSW for the project earlier this year, conditional on further engagement with the businesses and the community.
“In February and March, we saw extensive media and social coverage of the proposed upgrade; we wrote to all the businesses and owners, went out to talk to the 101 businesses in the CBD, and held two street-side community drop-in sessions with the council’s technical staff,” she said.
“Of the 54 business owners or managers who spoke to us, 91% were in favor of the proposed infrastructure improvements and 96% in favor of two-hour on-street parking.
“Of the 31 community members who attended a walk-in session, 89% were in favor of the changes.”
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Cr Schutz said this engagement has resulted in positive changes in the CBD upgrade.
“Thanks to suggestions from the community, we were able to retain 10 additional parking spaces, maintain accessible parking right in front of the physiotherapist, and ensure bike racks are visible and able to accommodate e-bikes,” he said. she declared.
The new work should be completed by the end of June.