Cobar Shire Council hosted six community consultation sessions last week to obtain input from the community on what they would like to see in Cobar’s CBD Master Plan.
GHD Consultants have been engaged by Council to develop a masterplan and business case for the CBD area.
GHD’s Communication & Stakeholder Engagement Technical Director Michael Ulph headed up the community engagement sessions last week and explained the process.
“Council’s asked us to look at some concepts of the main street and associated CBD area and to do that we really wanted to hear what the community had to say,” Mr Ulph said.
“We wanted to have the community at the centre of the idea generation process, to give them some ownership of it.”
And while there were only a handful of interested people in attendance at most of the sessions, Mr Ulph said they valued quality feedback over quantity.
“We’ve had some really rich and meaningful discussions and captured a lot of information,” he said.
“We’ve met with key stakeholders such as shop owners and business owners from around town and some people that are very passionate about heritage.
“We’ve learned a lot. Everybody is passionate about the town, everybody loves this town, and that’s been very clear to see,” he said.
“We’ve had lots of ideas of what can be done to try and improve and meet some of the objectives.”
Mr Ulph said one of their target groups was school kids which they met through two sessions at the high…