Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Progress made on Wingham CBD master plan


Stage one of the Wingham CBD upgrade is nearing completion, MidCoast Council has announced.

Council says the plan’s Farquhar Street works are almost complete, providing a much safer intersection at this entrance to Wingham’s CBD. The final asphalt layer is scheduled to take place on Friday.

“To complete the road treatment, line marking and the stamping of a pattern on the intersection will start on Monday 6 November, weather permitting,” said Council’s Director of Infrastructure and Engineering Services, Robert Scott.

Electrical works are also about to begin, with new street lighting to be installed over the next three weeks.

Council’s contractor has also commenced laying brick paving on footpaths at the four corners of the intersection. These works are due to be finished in late November.

Street plantings will also take place over the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, an inspiring community-led project is creating local Aboriginal art for the CBD area in the future.

Local Aboriginal artists, Brittany Cochrane and Steve Saunders, have prepared an artistic outline that explains how the traditional lands on which Wingham is located contribute to Biripi culture.

Six Wingham High School students are working with Brittany and Steve in developing art that will tell the story of the traditional owners for all who walk on the land, Council said in a statement.

The students are Tahzrae Sheather, Eva Jenkins, Shayla Elms, Breanna Saunders, Dakoda Manewell and Taj Rogers. They are being led by Numia Meaney, the Aboriginal Education Coordinator / Visual Arts Educator at Wingham High School.

When funding is available, the art design could be placed on a road surface in the CBD by specialist companies who stamp coloured patterns onto the road surface, Council said.

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