Moree Plains Shire Council is seeking community input as it prepares to embark on a project to modernise Balo Street, Councillor Lisa Orchin, left, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and Mayor Mark Johnson.
Thursday, 12 May 2022
NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall is this week urging Moree residents to provide feedback on a number of traffic calming initiatives being trialled in the town’s central business district (CBD), with the local council seeking community input as it prepares to embark on a project to modernise Balo Street.
Last year the State Government provided Council with a $999,000 grant through its Your High Street program to support traffic and pedestrian improvements in the CBD.
Mr Marshall said the community had until the end of next week to comment on a number of proposed traffic calming measures being trialled.
“The Moree Town Centre Beautification project is about getting people out all year round and engaging with the incredible businesses which operate along Balo Street,” Mr Marshall said.
“A focus of the trial is improving the flow of pedestrian traffic by reducing the number of trucks which drive through the middle of town.
“To achieve this, on Heber Street a centre island concept is being investigated, which if implemented would see olive trees installed between Balo Street and Roslyn Lane.
“Additional traffic blisters are also being considered at the intersection of Balo and Gwydir Streets, with the intention of deterring heavy vehicles from entering Moree’s CBD and making it safer for pedestrians to cross the road.
“This funding has delivered a huge opportunity to improve the amenity of Balo Street for the future and I encourage everyone to take the time to comment on Council’s plans.”
Mr Marshall said the business community would benefit from new pergolas which will be installed all over Moree’s CBD.
“While Moree has one of the most vibrant main streets in our region, during the height of summer there is often few pedestrians due to the scorching temperatures,” he said.
“To put a dampener on the sweltering conditions, water misters will be placed on existing pergolas making for a much cooler and more comfortable experience for pedestrians.
“This project aims to get people out and about with Council taking a multi-pronged approach to making Balo Street a safe space for shoppers and business operators.”
A military-themed monument will also be constructed adjacent to the Moree Memorial Hall, using funds from the Your High Street program.
Feedback can be addressed to the General Manager, Moree Plains Shire Council, PO Box 420, Moree or by email email@example.com. Submissions are open until 5pm, Friday, 20 May 2022.