Don’t move the train, Tailem Bend residents tell council at main street meeting
And don’t think about taking away any more car parks, either, locals have told the Coorong council as part of a streetscape master planning process.
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Don’t move the train or get rid of any car parks.
Other than that, go nuts.
That was the vibe from a public meeting at Tailem Bend on Wednesday night, where about 40 people gathered to hear Coorong council staff give an update on a master plain for Railway Terrace.
The draft plan, based on a previous round of consultation and published in February, calls for some bold changes on the main street, including a grassed “civic heart”.
But residents said they were more interested in straightforward fixes, like better drainage in the car park opposite the supermarket.
A public barbecue and friendlier seating in the Willow Street precinct might help, too.
And yes, an extra toilet at the playground couldn’t hurt, though council construction and maintenance manager James Clarke said connecting it to the sewage system would be expensive.
Residents were also keen to get the median strip and verges of the Princes Highway tidied up, or even to get traffic lights installed at the Granites Road intersection, though the state and federal governments would need to come to the party for that.
Plenty of positive feedback was given at the meeting, too.
Despite the closure of several businesses, the main street was as busy as ever.
The council will likely aim to complete five to eight projects over the next decade in each of three townships – Tailem Bend, Coonalpyn and Tintinara – as part of the master planning process.
Council CEO Bridget Mather encouraged locals to think big when they submitted their thoughts.
What should each town’s main street look like in 10 or 20 years’ time?
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