On Monday night your council viewed a report from staff regarding the Wellington Town Centre Plan and Masterplan.
I am very excited about this plan because it will give council a foundation to begin revitalising the Wellington CBD.
I have spent a lot of time recently talking about my desire to see more shops open.
Making the region more attractive will help attract tourists, keep locals shopping locally and hopefully motivate more people to consider opening new shops.
An important part of the formulation of this masterplan was consultation with the community to get an insight into what locals want from any changes.
Some of the most exciting information to come from the consultation was the passion shown by residents for Wellington.
It is clear they are proud of their town and want to see it succeed.
People want to live and work here but they also acknowledge that it can be even better.
All of the feedback has been carefully considered and will shape the final plan.
In March a councillor workshop will be held where we will consider the feedback and take another step closer to complete masterplan.
It is important we do this because it will better enable council to apply for funding from the state and federal governments if we have shovel ready projects.
This whole masterplan was brought about by a Notice of Motion from councillor Greg Mohr after he received feedback from locals that they were concerned by the state of the CBD and the town entrances.
Already this sparked the improvement to the sound mound on the northern entrance to town.
I am delighted the feedback has already been very positive but there will be even more work carried out there once the drought breaks.
It's been fantastic to see the region getting a bit of rain recently and it has done wonders for people's lawns as well as parks and gardens.
There really is nothing like a few gentle falls to make things look much better and lift people's spirits.
While the recent rain has been patchy and unpredictable, Wellington and Geurie in particular got larger amounts and you can tell as you drive into both via the rapidly thickening green grass.
Unfortunately it has also brought some problems for these areas.
Council has had to issue Boiled Water Alerts to people who draw from either of these supplies because the water in the Macquarie River has been muddied by the run-off from the rain.
This is an unfortunate result of heavy rain on land that didn't have any ground cover to stop it from running and picking up dirt on the way.
Council is doing everything it can to correct this issue and staff at the treatment facilities at both locations are working overtime to handle this unprecedented situation.
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