New fountains, shade, signs, seating and street art are part of the opening suggestions for Katherine’s CBD revamp.
The NT Government announced $5 million for the upgrade in July last year.
Katherine Town Council says a project manager has been appointed to deliver the CBD upgrade as well as the showgrounds and sports ground works.
“The project is part of an overall plan by council to create an enriching community that is engaging and functional for local residents, those visiting from the Big Rivers region, those considering relocating to a regional area and tourists alike,” a project update states.
An online poll by the Katherine Times last year found Katherine residents want more shops in the town.
Finding new ways to attract retailers to Katherine topped a town survey.
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 outline plan included with the project update on the council’s website includes many works along Railway Terrace.
The plan does not include any new public toilets.
Council said a consultant tender for these works has now been released and will close in late January 2019.
“Areas of focus for the project include the parks as community spaces, circulation improvements, parking strategies, safety through design, landscaping, amenities, climate mitigation, artwork as well as the attractiveness and function of the CBD area.
“Methods of consultation being considered include a community reference group to provide feedback on the conceptual design of the project, working with the Katherine East Neighbourhood Centre Project Advisory Group feedback, surveys, a pop-up shop and regular newsletters.
“The early elements of the project to be delivered include directional signage and a potential grants process for shop owners/ tenants.”
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