CBD Trees in time for ANZAC Day
Stage One of the Narrabri CBD Upgrade is close to completion with works planned over the coming month. Works will commence this Sunday with the much anticipated planting of the centre median trees that have arrived in time for ANZAC Day commemorations.
“Planting will commence this Sunday and start at the southern end of the CBD area,” explained Director Infrastruc-ture Delivery Darren Raeck. “It is anticipated that not all trees will be able to planted in one day so the area being concentrated on is the area where the ANZAC Day March travels from the Post Office to the RSL Club.”
“The remaining trees will be planted the following Sunday. With recent rain and the cooler temperatures this will give the new street trees a great start and will see them flourish in Spring.”
“Only minimal disruptions will be made to traffic and businesses on those days with works commencing early and only the western side of the street being closed to traffic and parking to allow planting to take place.”
Following ANZAC Day, works on the road surface will commence and be completed on the weekends out of nor-mal business hours and at night to minimise disruption to CBD businesses and residents.
Council has investigated a number of options associated with the road pavement works, required to improve the surface of the road in the CBD. The final solution takes into consideration the age of a water pipeline that runs down the western side of the street which is due to be replaced in 10 years. In efforts to work within the Fit for the Future framework, Council has made the decision to limit the current expenditure by replacing only those as-sets that have reached the end of their useful lives, aligning lifecycles of the proposed road surface and water in-frastructure to be replaced at the same time in the future.
Following completion of the road surface, new line marking will take place creating more car parks within the CBD area.
Roundabouts which have reached the end of their design life will be replaced under existing road replacement budgets however this will be deferred until a review of localised stormwater issues takes place. It is expected this work will commence in 6 months’ time but some initial works have already been carried out with larger drains in-stalled on the Maitland and Dewhurst Street corner to help alleviate localised flooding issues in heavy rain events.
“Following ANZAC Day, the current banners will be removed and Council is working closely with Essential Energy to develop a 12 month schedule of banners to rotate in the CBD.”
“It’s great to see the CBD works are close to completion and the hard work by staff and contractors is coming to fruition to create a beautiful and vibrant main street for our community,” concluded Mr Raeck.