Council appeals for Fed funds for CBD footpath renewal

Cowra Council is applying for nearly $1 million in targeted funding for its proposed Central Business District footpath renewal.

An application through Round Two of the Commonwealth Government's Building Better Regions Fund for a total of $830,000 follows Council's unsuccessful application in Round One in July this year, Cowra Mayor, Councillor West said.

"We were very disappointed to miss-out on approval in the last round of the Building Better Regions Fund for this vital renewal initiative for our shopping district, we hope that our Round Two application gets approved for funding," Cr West added.

Council last year approved detailed design and costing of the Cowra CBD Footpath Reconstruction Project designed to create a more pedestrian and visitor-friendly shopping precinct.

The design followed the 2014 Kendal Street and Railway Parade redevelopment that involved construction of a traffic island and major road resurfacing.

"We completed the road project three years ago under budget and within time; the footpath renewal is the second part of this initiative," Cr West said.

"The reason given for missing the last funding round was not satisfactory; given that the project had a cost-benefit ratio of $3.60 for every $1 in funding," Cr West explained.

Completion of the main-street make-over is vital to Cowra shopping district remaining vibrant and relevant to shoppers in the 21st century.

"With competition from e-commerce and online shopping companies such as Amazon, it is now more important than ever that local businesses and retailers can operate in as pleasant and shopper and visitor-friendly environment as possible," Cr West concluded.