Have your say on future works for Lavington CBD

12 July 2013

Lavington residents and business operators are being given the opportunity to tell Council their priorities for the future upgrade of two significant roads in their CBD.
Council will undertake community consultation during July to determine which of the two major roads should receive priority for streetscape beautification and upgrade.

As part of the Lavington CBD Master Plan priorities, beautification of Griffith Road was planned for 2012-2013. However, Council was approached by the Albury Northside Chamber of Commerce and some residents saying the revitalisation of Wagga Road had become a higher priority for the local community.

They cite a downturn in economic conditions, lack of appeal and aesthetics of the Wagga Road streetscape and a lack of identity for the broader Lavington CBD. The Chamber wants the $600K funding for Griffith Road, secured under the Special Variation to Rates, re-allocated to Wagga Road.

However, AlburyCity Team Leader Traffic and Transport, Steve Swann said any change to the SVR program requires consultation with the broader Lavington community to demonstrate widespread community support.

He says council recognises both thoroughfares are very important in strengthening Lavington's lifestyle and investment appeal to residents and businesses and while ultimately both Griffith and Wagga Roads will be upgraded, Council wants the community to say which is more important.

“We’ve developed concept designs for both roads which we’re asking the community to view to help inform their decision,” Mr Swann said. “Wagga Road is a much longer term project and Council is yet to fully scope the works and costs. The Griffith Road beautification involves mostly landscaping and improving pedestrian access.”

Mr Swann said there are a number of ways for the community to have a say, including public workshops at Mirambeena Community Centre on Thursday 25 July at 11.00am and 6:00pm and by visiting the Have A Say.

The final date for submissions is Friday 9 August and a report will go to Council’s September meeting.