Streetscape Complete – Official Opening 13/7/19
STREETSCAPE OFFICIAL OPENING
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Amanda Findley officially opened the Sussex Inlet Streetscape on Saturday 13th July.
Council hosted a street party style celebration with the Sussex Inlet and DistrictsCommunity Forum to celebrate the offical completion of the works.
Mayor Findley said the upgrade to the Sussex Inlet town centre is a great asset for the community and gives a new appeal to the coastal town.
“The new facelift for Sussex Inlet is a great addition to this amazing town ship and I would like to thank the Sussex Inlet community for their great collaboration during the design phase and their patience during the construction period,” said Councillor Findley.
“The new upgrade consists of footpaths, street furnishings and footpath verge plantings improving the overall aesthetics of the village.”
In response Gail Drummond said that after decades of promises, plans and the efforts of long past and present councillors and community members, the streetscape had been realised. The Sussex Inlet and District Strategic Action Plan 2015-2030 is at present being reviewed and revised and now the priorities of streetscaping and a mural can be noted as having been achieved, and those items can now have a tick against them in the in the 1996 Forum list of needs, plans and aspirations for our district.
On behalf of the members of the Forum/Chamber of Commerce streetscape working party, Gail thanked all Council staff and Departments and Councillors for the excellent working relationship they enjoyed with the team throughout the process of planning, implementation and completion. She went on to say that Roslyn Holmes was to be congratulated on the design of the excellent town centre revitalisation and that the Forum Mural, Our History Our Heritage, was the town’s contribution to the streetscape.
STREETSCAPE ONE STEP CLOSER and ONE STEP BACK
At the public meeting to the SCC Delivery Program and Operational Plans (DPOP), on 8th May, Forum secretary made representation to Council asking why there was no provision for Stage Two of the Sreetscape in the the budget papers presented and put the case for provision of funds for its completion.
The minutes of the May 16th Shoalhaven City Council Strategy and Assets Committee Meeting, 16th May 2017 records that Forum again made a deputation to Council at that meeting and through a Budget Review, the Streetscape is one step closer to being completed in its entirety. The recommendation to fund the entire streetscape has yet to be ratified at an Ordinary Meeting of Council, however, the Forum is confident of a positive result and thanks those involved in bringing about this review and recommendation.
CLICK HERE to view plan – Sussex Inlet Streetscape Upgrade
Council Familiarity Tour
Shoalhaven City Councillors and senior staff were guided on a most successful familiarity tour around the district on Friday 12th May by Forum. Within the time limit set, three main sites were visited and there was an opportunity for the visitors to experience our village in action and to converse with people in the street and Community Church Hall.
The tour began with a walk down Jacobs Drive from the beginning of the village centre to the river and back again to have the visitors take in the current streetscape in light of the proposed plans to upgrade that section.
The work, which has been planned and promised for decades, is finally to begin this year.
Ellmoos Reserve: site for a waterfilling station to be installed.
Chris Creek: inspection of boat ramp for repair.
Chris Creek Bridge: inspection of present conditions and for future planning of a new, stand alone shared pathway for safety of pedestrians, cyclists and those reliant on mobility scooters.
Community Church Hall:
Forum organised for Bill Hunter, church treasurer, to address Councillors and Senior Staff when lunching in the Church hall. He explained current situation facing the Church and the possible future of the Community Church and its service to the community.
The ukulele band members were in practise in the hall and provided most enjoyable luncheon entertainment for our visitors.
The Forum thanks the Councillors and Senior Staff for taking this opportunity to visit and consider the revitalisation of Sussex Inlet village and getting to know Sussex and surrounds.
Mayor Amanda Findley was unable to attend on Friday, but toured the same sites, and more on Saturday, also taking in the vibrancy of markets.
Forum continues its endeavour to have extra funds provided by Council to compete the street upgrade in one continuous stage through 2016/17 and 2107/18 budgets.