Plans for Macksville's town centre

Imagine if the Macksville CBD looked like this ... with older buildings in Wallace and River streets converted to their previous external glory!

That is the plan being hatched and now enhanced thanks to a $150,000 grant received by Nambucca Shire Council from the Stronger Country Communities Fund for the reinstatement of the verandahs and awnings.

“We have architects plans and costings for all six of the relevant buildings. We are offering dollar for dollar funding to business owners based on the architect’s opinion of construction estimates,” General Manager Michael Coulter said.

“The Council will also be waiving Development Application and Construction Certifacte fees to make the funding go a bit further.”

The businesses, in order of priority are:

Pharmacy corner (cnr Wallace and Cooper streets), 

Valley Emporium and Remnant Basket,

Department Store, 

Luke Foley (5 River Street)

Rob Torelli’s Barber Shop (cnr McKay Street and Princess Street)

Bridge Cafe

Mr Coulter said he had written to all six property owners with the funds to be allocated in the above order of priority.

“In the event that the owners of a higher priority project do not wish to participate then the funding will default to the next lower priority.”

He said there had been a lot of consultation with property owners as well as Council’s Business Advisory Committee over the past 18 months to reach this point.

The council has also covered the cost of the concept plans for each of the buildings.

Other initiatives for the Macksville CBD include:

* Calling for expressions of interest for a Twilight Dining Committee to investigate the establishment of street dining – submissions now welcome, phone Michael Coulter on 0409 153 788.

* Investigation of a simplified process for allowing performers to use the River Street stage.

On January 31 councillors voted to proceed with the revised master plan for the Macksville Town Centre street tree planting, noting the removal of street trees previously proposed outside of Eyecare Plus, Megasave Bargains and also on the corner of Wallace Lane and Wallace Street (the Department Store corner).

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