Streetscape change sparks real concern

PEOPLE WHO CARE: A Strathbogie Voices Nagambie forum was well attended and some residents who attended were (from back left) Keith Irwin - Kirwan’s Bridge, Kevin and Carolyn Fox - Nagambie, Bill Burns - Nagambie RSL, Eileen McDonald - Nagambie Senior Citizens, with Strathbogie Shire CEO Steve Crawcour; (front) Jan Carter - forum chairperson, Kate Stothers - Strathbogie Voices spokesperson, Margaret Moss - Strathbogie Shire Council mayor Deb Swan, Cr Malcolm Little, Cr Alister Purbrick and Cr Colleen Furlanetto.

THE Nagambie Streetscape project was an issue of contention, causing an uproar at a forum last week.

More than 120 locals attended the Strathbogie Voices (SV), a community advocacy group, forum, with many expressing their concern that there was no need for change.

Former councillor Margaret Moss spoke on the lack of proper consultation to all residents, ratepayers and businesses a few years back when the streetscape plan was first devised and the lack of response by locals to a survey undertaken in November 2012.

She felt that a new survey should be sent to everyone concerned in their letter box, and urged locals to reply.

“This would stop most of the angst felt by locals on the issue,” Mrs Moss said.

Local resident John Grant said “if the council can send out a survey on new waste bins, then it should do one on the streetscape project for everyone”.

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