Cowra Mayor Bill West accepts a cheque for the Cowra CBD upgrade from Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke

Customers and business owners in Cowra’s Central Business District will soon enjoy safer pedestrian access and increased off-street parking that will support local retail and make shopping a more pleasant experience, thanks to NSW Government funding.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP said $1.3 million from the Regional Growth Fund will deliver new walkways on Rowston Lane and Lachlan Laneway, an off-street carpark with 148 spaces and landscaping.
Ms Cooke said the CBD redevelopment will create a more vibrant shopping precinct, encouraging greater pedestrian foot traffic and making it easier than ever for locals to do their groceries and for retailers to get to and from work.

“When this redevelopment is complete locals will be able to find a space in the new look carpark off Brisbane Street and safely move between businesses on Macquarie and Kendal Streets, such as the local Target and pharmacy, with their shopping.” Ms Cooke said.

“Disabled parking will also mean the CBD can suitably accommodate a range of shoppers with different needs and encourage greater retail patronage, which in turn results in more jobs for those in the community.”

Cowra Mayor Bill West said he is very grateful to the NSW State Government for this financial boost for the Cowra community.

“What a tremendous day for the people of Cowra.” Cr West said.

“This injection of funds will not only mean a short-term boost to our economy, but the long-term effect is providing certainty to our community; not only to the retail sector, but to the people who come and shop here. We are very grateful to the NSW State Government for this funding.”

Work on the CBD upgrade is expected to get underway by early 2020.