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.
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 is now almost ready to start.
Council has resolved to enter into a contract with a regional company - Activenergy/L-Don Sporting Areas from Orange, NSW and Council's General Manager has now signed a contract to start the last stage of the CBD project.
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.
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.