Casino CBD plan unveiled
By BREE PRICE
THE HEART of Casino could be made over in art deco style under a Richmond Valley Council plan to revamp the CBD.
The council has released a concept plan outlining a proposed upgrade of Barker, Walker, Centre and Canterbury streets with a focus on traffic, parking, pedestrians and linking the CBD with the nearby Richmond River.
The proposed transformation, designed by Sydneybased Environmental Landscapes architects, includes nose-in parking, more shade, wider footpaths with more eating and meeting areas, new wooden street furniture, statues, more street lighting and decorative bollards.
By the river at the end of Barker Street, a new cafe and gallery building has been proposed to co-exist with a cultural river walk.
The plan will go on public display on Monday and following extensive community consultation, will move into the detailed design stage. Council will then vote on the final design.
Mayor Charlie Cox said it was an exciting and muchneeded project.
"Council feels the Casino CBD needs an upgrade. We're trying to continue the pleasant and warm feeling this town has and retain its character," he said.
"We see this as something that's vital to Casino's future and it's a big step forward for our town."
The upgrade has been proposed as a three-stage project and each can be implemented as funding becomes available.
The council's general manager, Brian Wilkinson, said the cost of the project would be determined once the detailed design stage had been completed.
The concept plan will be on display until September 2 at the Richmond Valley Council chambers, Woolworths Shopping Plaza and the Richmond Upper Clarence Regional Library in Graham Place, Casino.
Casino residents will be also sent a brochure outlining the planned upgrade and asking for feedback.