In January 2014 Spiire Landscape architects engaged by the council published a CBD Landscape Master Plan – design vision and options report for Merimbula.
Merimbula was one of four urban centres in the shire to be the subject of a townscape analysis undertaken by the consultants, the others were Bermagui, Bega and Eden.
Council has earmarked $1 million for Merimbula works and the same for Bega, while Eden and Bermagui have been allotted $500,000.
But don’t count on there being much action in Merimbula’s CBD for some time as the plans have still to go through a number of council processes.
The draft masterplan is to be the subject of a councillor workshop, what it determines will then be a matter for community consultation via the public exhibition process and the outcome of that will then go to a council meeting for ratification.
When the News Weekly asked how much the Spiire consultancy was costing the ratepayers a council spokesperson said:“No can do with the Spiire costs. The costs are part of a bigger contract and commercial in confidence.”
Merimbula’s CBD is long overdue for a makeover.
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