The Cowra CBD Footpath Refurbishment Project

Progress Update - January 2020

There was a delay to the western end of Kendal Street over the Christmas break due to the discovery of two petrol tanks on the road reserve that date back to the 1920’s. It required the site to be closed so that environmental consultants and SafeWork NSW could assess the tanks and drain the 4,400 litre fuel and water mixture. Testing of the surrounding subsoil was also undertaken. 

The validation from the consultants and clearance from SafeWork was not granted until late December; therefore the contractors had to wait until January for work to recommence. Council would like to thank the following business for their patience during this time, The Salon Collective, Kebabs on Kendal, Hippity Hop and The Strength Collab Cowra.

Construction of the stone wall on the corner of Lachlan and Kendal Streets also continues. The stone for the wall has been locally sourced.

The construction crew will be back on site next week focusing on the Subway corner kerb extension as well as surrounding garden beds and trees.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the project manager Kate Alberry on 0438 782 870 or 6340 2045.

CBD footpath progress pic - Jan 2020

About the Project

The Cowra CBD is the primary service and commercial hub of the Cowra Shire. Some 10.7% of our population is involved in retail trade, 7.7% are in the accommodation and food services sector and a further 1% of the population is in real-estate.

Almost 20% of Cowra's population have some form of connection to employment in the Cowra CBD. Tourism and hospitality are also key industries and major contributors to the Cowra economy with $42.3million contributed to the Cowra Shire in 2017/2018.

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The Cowra CBD has an important place in the economic development of the Cowra Shire. Council understands the importance of the CBD to the Cowra economy and has approved the CBD Refurbishment Project to upgrade the appeal of the town, enticing businesses and customers to the CBD. The first stage of the project was the resurfacing of Kendal Street which was completed a number of years ago.

Excitingly, the second and final stage, the $3.5 million CBD Footpath Refurbishment Project has begun with Council entereing into a contract with a regional company - Activenergy/L-Don Sporting Areas from Orange, NSW to complete the last stage of the CBD project.

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Council acknowledges that there will be disruption during the construction phase however in order to ensure that there will be limited disruption to shops and business and no disruption to shops and businesses opening hours, this project has been broken into eight stages (areas) and each area will be completed in 25 working days.

The project will commence at the corner of Kendal and Lachlan Street and create a new and exciting entrance to the shopping precinct. It will then work up the street to the east working through the stages alternating on the north and south sides of the street.

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This project will start in September 2019 and take almost 12 months to complete the 3,500m2 project.

The CBD Footpath Refurbishment Project is designed to create a pleasant, attractive and usable space which attracts people to the Cowra CBD and stimulates renewed economic activity. Additionally, the revitalised CBD area will enhance the retail experience by providing new seating and shade structures, new safe and modern footpath surface, additional lighting for shop fronts, new frontage to Squire Park and additional flower beds and landscaping which will create a vibrant outdoor space. Furthermore, an additional 22 shops will have disabled access to their premises with the footpath meeting the front step, making a total of 58 Kendal Street buildings and premises accessible.

If you would like a completed set of drawings and/or have any questions please contact Project Manager Kate Alberry – Director Environmental Services – 02 6340 2000.

Below is a timeline for the CBD Refurbishment Project. All timeframes are best estimates only and are subject to change. Click here to download the timeline.

CBD Staging Map - Business Owners 2