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Mayor's weekly message: 1 April 2019

Released on: 01 April 2019

Released on: 01 April 2019

Revitalising our town centres

If you haven’t visited Wauchope in a while, then a drive to see the way High St is being transformed is a must do.

There’s still plenty of work to be done, but already new pedestrian ramps, wider and safer footpaths, street furniture and landscaping is breathing new life into one of our region’s truly unique towns.

Revitalising our local business and shopping precincts helps attract new visitors, creates a sense of community and provides us with experiences that you simply can’t get in the big smoke. It is so important that we continue to support the local businesses that line our main streets, and not to forget about what creates the character of the places we love.

We’re committed to growing our region’s economy, and will continue to work with local businesses and the broader community to support and promote thriving town centres and retail shopping precincts.

We’re open to the community’s ideas on how to make this work, and have listened to recent feedback about footpath displays and how important they are in promoting and increasing business, enticing people into stores and encouraging us all to ‘shop local’.

As a result of this feedback we’ve waived a-frame and footpath trading fees in our regions towns and villages whilst we review our current policy, which will take place in the coming months. This adds to the current waiving of fees on using footpaths for outdoor dining in our towns and villages.

If you have a business and wish to place signs or display products outside your shop, you must still gain Council approval to ensure this is managed responsibly, and that public safety is maintained. You can submit an application through our website…. under the ‘business advice and support’ area.

Let’s all shop local, and support the businesses that are the backbone of our community.

And here’s an idea… this week why not try something different and experience shopping in one of our towns or villages, you’ll never known what you might find.