Spotlight on Wingham CBD
Published on 17 December 2020
MidCoast Council has big plans for Wingham’s CBD and is asking the community to help decide on some key design elements that will influence the look and feel of the town into the future.
Following Community Conversations held in 2019, the Wingham community identified the CBD as an area they would like to see improved. A steering committee was established to develop a local community plan for the town and most recently a workshop was held with local business representatives which has assisted Council in prioritising and establishing a CBD Beautification Masterplan, along with other Wingham projects and plans.
Council has engaged a landscape architect to help create a concept plan for the CBD which is available to view on the Have Your Say page on Council’s website and outlines a three year plan for the proposed works.
“We've consistently heard from the Wingham community that the CBD needs attention,” explained Rhett Pattison, Council’s Manager of Engineering and Infrastructure.
“This part of the execution of these plans is vital to establish an overall theme, look and feel for the CBD moving forward and we hope to get lots of community feedback to ensure the work accurately reflects the Wingham township.”
Council is also working on a Central Park Masterplan that will be incorporated in 2021.
Wingham residents and the wider community can have their say on the Central Park Wall and streetscaping, the Bent and Farquhar Street intersection – choice of a ‘Peanut’ or ‘Offset-T intersection’, and what kind of footpath is preferred out of paving, concrete or a mix of the two.
Staff have installed a street display in Isabella Street with a series of pop-up events happening throughout December/January to enable the community to chat to staff, view the concept plans and see a range of material options.
Pop-ups will be held on:
- Monday 21 December from 9am to 4pm
- Wednesday 7 January from 8am to 12pm
- Friday 15 January from 10am to 2pm
- Saturday 16 January from 9am to 1pm
- Tuesday 2 February from 8am to 12pm
- Friday 5 February from 9am to 4pm
During the process of planning for the overall CBD beautification works, McCullagh Lane and its carpark was identified as a priority, with work crews planning to mobilise in January to begin revitalisation works.
The existing shade structure will be replaced by a new cantilevered shade structure, while some considerable roadway and drainage improvements to the carpark area and laneway, including new kerb and gutter, drainage pits and pipes and new road pavement and surfacing, also planned.
“It’s great that the first part of the CBD works will start at the beginning of the new year,” added Rhett.
“We’re also beginning the planning process for changing the layout of our water network in the CBD to allow for planting of mature trees down the centre of Isabella and Bent Street and around other parts of the CBD.”
To find out more about the Wingham CBD Beautification Project and have your say on the design and other key elements, visit www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/HYS