Katherine residents want more shops in the town.
Finding new ways to attract retailers to Katherine has topped a town survey this week.
More than 300 people voted on what they thought of the NT Government’s big $5m spend.
New toilets came a close second – even though there are some fears there may not be enough money as part of the upgrade.
A $5 million CBD revitalisation project was announced recently with plans to “create a functional and engaging main strip”.
The government has said the project involves improvements to:
- roads and infrastructure
- pedestrian access
- public toilets
- major parks
The project also involves implementing street furniture.
“These improvements will revitalise the Katherine CBD and provide it with a beautiful and inviting street presence for locals and visitors,” Minister for the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Eva Lawler said.
High up on the list with the other top suggestions, voters nominated painting store fronts to brighten the town, and establishing more trees for shade and aesthetics.
Some were on board with the government’s plans while others strongly opposed.
Last night’s survey was a chance for more locals to join the conversation.
People took to the Katherine Times’ Facebook page to have their say.
“CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN the foot paths,” one said.
Another agreed saying, “clean the footpaths. So simple and would make such a difference.”
Others suggested a new supermarket such as Coles, more cafes and shops.
Katherine residents can still vote for what they think the money should be spent on.
The NT Government’s CBD revitalisation project was scarce of detailed information.
“The Katherine CBD revitalisation is currently at the planning stages and further details will be released when they become available,” is the latest advice.