The Narrabri CBD works have created renewed community interest in the project with a recent focus on street tree selection for the median strip resulting in commentary from some local gardeners.
Tuesday’s Courier quoted a Narromine gardener advising the Narrabri Garden Club that a single planting of the narrow and conically shaped Chanticleer Pear would provide the best outcome for the median strip in Maitland Street.
In consideration of the recent interest in tree selection, Narrabri Shire Council staff have revisited the Narrabri CBD Masterplan previously adopted in November 2013 and have identified that a single planting of any one species will fail to achieve the outcomes desired by the whole community as part of the extensive consultation carried out to develop the Masterplan.
Council development and economic growth director Tony Meppem said the key features the community wanted as an outcome for their CBD included:
New lighting in the core CBD blocks, increased shade with centre median tree plantings, more outdoor dining, the CBD to be less hot and dry and no loss of car parking.
“Local residents involved in the extensive consultation consistently stated they wanted the main street to be ‘less hot and dry looking’,” Mr Meppem said.
“Many of the Masterplan objectives come back to the need to ensure our CBD is provided with significant plantings of appropriate trees in the centre median that will create good shade to reduce the radiant heat experienced by CBD users during our long hot summers.
“The plantings should increase the vibrancy of the street and help to create a CBD that not only looks good but encourages people to socialise and shop for longer.”