At its October Ordinary Council meeting Leeton Shire Council endorsed the application submitted under the NSW Stronger Country Communities Fund for the Leeton CBD Enhancement Project Phase 1.
In July 2017 this year Council was advised that it had been allocated $807,000 under the NSW Stronger Country Communities Fund.
Council’s Director Environment and Engineering Brian Ashcroft stated in his report to Council that based on the results of extensive community consultation during 2016 the most suitable project considered for this funding opportunity was Phase 1 of the Leeton CBD Enhancement Strategy. The conceptual plans that were developed for this project have received strong community support.
Phase 1 of the project has have been divided into 3 stages to reflect community priority, potential funding sources and minimise disruption.
Stage 1 works comprise the renewal of the pavement and street amenity around the Roxy Theatre, Stage 2 the improvements to Wade Avenue to the start of Mountford Park and Stage 3 the improvements to the remainder of Wade Avenue.
Mayor Cr Paul Maytom said that Wade Avenue is one of Leeton’s busiest streets and is the town’s major health and community services precinct.
“Wade Avenue contains a major medical centre and specialist medical services but at present it lacks formal pedestrian crossings and adequate car parks, especially disabled parking. This poses safety risks for our residents and compromises the accessibility of health services.”
“With regard to restoration works around the exterior of the Roxy Theatre the proposed enhancements are seen as a priority as Leeton prepares to host the 2019 Leeton Art Deco Festival. New paving, planting and motifs will complement the interior restoration, further defining our Shire’s most recognisable and celebrated art deco icon, as well as contributing to the areas visual amenity.”
To complete Stages 1, 2 and 3 of the works requires a budget of approximately $1.9million. Should Council be successful in their funding bid they will contribute $250,000 towards Phase 1 of the enhancement works.
Another significant project identified as a high priority in the Leeton Community Strategic Plan adopted in December last year was the redevelopment of the Leeton Swimming Pool. An expression of interest has been submitted to the NSW Regional Sport Infrastructure Fund for this project and Council anticipates a preliminary decision by the end of November 2017.