A concept plan believed to far exceed the $5 million revamp kitty for the CBD has been presented to the public as a "very long term vision".
It sets Katherine up to be a walkable, cool city with the addition of native trees, grass, misting fans and shade structures.
And aims to make the main street safer by reducing the median strip from 10m to four, dividing traffic to include two dual lanes, reducing the speed from 50 to 40kmh, and bypassing trucks via Victoria Highway and Bicentennial Road.
The vision doesn't end there, Ashford Group Architects, in town last night to present their design concept to the community at council chambers, were briefed to "create something special".
Through maps, artist impressions and a video, the three consultation attendees were presented with a Katherine which will one day include a glass elevator crossing connecting Railway Terrace and Ryan Park, a cafe overlooking the river, lookout decks, self sufficient public toilets equipped with solar panels, adventure playgrounds for adults and children, a bike path around the CBD and upgraded roundabouts.
"We want to put Katherine on the map," architect Katharina Nieberler-Walker said last night.
"We are hoping to inspire the community to what could be possible.
"We think it is important that what ever we create here relates to the place, we don't want to create another Darwin."
Advertised just hours before the consultation took place, much to the disappointment of one resident who did make it, attendee numbers were low - only three turned up.
"Although, I did know that tonight's meeting was on, people only saw it on Facebook two hours before the show," she said.
"We need to get better at letting our community know what's actually happening.
"People have come to me personally and asked me 'what is this, what do they really want from us?'"
While the architects stressed the concept is still in its initial stages, it counts on reducing traffic, mainly trucks, on the main street.
The architects laid out their plan for an interim-bypass as well as a long-term bypass using Florina Road.
A bypass, estimated to cost $150 million, has been in the works for years as part of the Katherine Town Council Land Use Plan.
The vision follows extensive consultation with community groups, but the architects will need to confer with the council and the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics before coming up with a steadfast plan.
"Council is committed to making the vision happen and is looking at procuring more funding," architect Steven Ehrlich said.
"We have broken the project down into stages and costed the whole thing.
"If there is only $5 million to spend then we will tailor a master plan to that."
The Darwin architect firm is being paid almost $400,000 from the bucket of money to come up with the master plan for the $5 million CBD Revitalisation Project.
While the CBD Revitalisation Project is one step closer to becoming a reality with a plan ready to go, the consultancy company will not deliver any tangible changes to the CBD.
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