Consultants to study CBD
bypass for heavy vehicles
CONSULTANTS have been appointed to study options for a heavy-vehicle bypass around Cowra’s central business district (CBD).
The appointment follows Cowra Shire Council’s endorsement in May of a brief for the development of proposed heavy-vehicle bypass routes.
GHD Consultants have been awarded the contract after submission of eight proposals to the council.
Shire general manager, Paul Devery, has praised the winning consultants’ submission.
“Their methodology is solid, their staff are experienced, and their program meets our timeline,” says Mr Devery.
The study will include consultation with councillors, Roads and Maritime Services, Cowra Business Chamber, local freight and bus companies, taxi operators, council’s Natural Resource Management Advisory Committee and the general community.
Mayor of Cowra, Bill West, emphasises the study is a process in which all Cowra residents will be offered the opportunity to comment.
“Public consultation will be undertaken as part of the process and this will include a CBD shopfront display,” says Cr West.
“This is the start of the process of developing an alternative heavy-vehicle route for Cowra’s CBD and we want to take into account the concerns and views of all the residents and stakeholders in Cowra.”
A report on the study will be presented to the council’s general committee on Monday, August 13, with the draft to go to council in October and public exhibition in November.
“This is a tight timeframe, but the feedback we have received so far from the CBD Master Plan proposal is that Cowra residents acknowledge the need for development of an alternative heavy-vehicle route for the town . . . this is about strategic planning for the vital long-term benefit of Cowra,” Cr West says.