Business welcomes Kyogle ?facelift
By RENEE REDMOND
UPGRADING Kyogle's Main Street will be good for business, says the owner of Chocolate Addiction, April Doyle.
"It'll give the street a lift and get more people to visit the town, it's great news," she said.
The first stage of the Kyogle Council's planned upgrade could start as early as next year if its $1 million loan is approved.
Kyogle mayor Ernie Bennett said the plans had already been on public display and once the loan was approved, council could go ahead with stage one of the Main Street upgrade.
Cr Bennett said footpaths, kerb and guttering and some street furniture would be included in the first stage, which he said was absolutely necessary for the town.
"The street is starting to look a bit tired. We'll have to loan the money because it's too much for our budget," he said.
"The project should start next year if all goes well and should be finished by June, 2007.
"We're not looking beyond stage one at this point."
Cr Bennett said the entire three-stage upgrade would cost $3.7 million and would include changes to parking and new gardens.
April Doyle said a beautification of Main Street would make the town more presentable.
"There's a battle between parking space and beautification, but parking is an issue in any town," she said.
Cr Bennett said heavy community consultation would be sought to address the parking issue in the second stage of the plan, but that wouldn't be for some time.