Friday, June 21, 2024

Ballina begins work on Wardell village master plan

Ballina Shire Council has announced it will engage with the Wardell community to develop a Draft Master Plan to revitalise the village centre as it recovers from devastating floods earlier this year.

Council said the works aim to improve the streetscape within the village centre precinct and will focus on Richmond Street and Sinclair Streets including the central business area.

In April, Council resolved to allocate $900,000 from the NSW Government’s Local Government Recovery Program to undertake the works.

Council is now inviting local businesses, community groups, residents and visitors to share their thoughts and values through a multi-staged engagement process.

“Community insights will be essential for developing a Draft Master Plan that aligns with the community’s vision and priorities,” Council said in a statement today.

It says initially, the community’s input will be collected via an online survey and at village street stalls where locals can complete a ‘Place-Score Experience’ survey.

“This allows Council to measure how the village is performing relative to other places,” Council said.

“Information from both these engagement activities will provide baseline information and data, which will inform future decision making in relation to upgrade design and works.”

The Wardell community will also have further opportunities to contribute and provide feedback on draft designs as the project progresses, it said.

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