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Downtown revival

Tuesday, 16th September, 2014

Sampson’s owner Peter Nash and Telstra store licensee Jon Clark talking with Bullrush shop assistant Winette Ogilvie about the upcoming CBD workshops. Sampson’s owner Peter Nash and Telstra store licensee Jon Clark talking with Bullrush shop assistant Winette Ogilvie about the upcoming CBD workshops.

By Emily Roberts

Argent Street business owners are being urged to attend CBD revitalisation workshops.

Sampson's owner Peter Nash and Telstra store licensee Jon Clark went into Argent Street shops yesterday.

The pair are members of the Urban Taskforce Committee.

They spoke to business owners and staff about the CBD and Light revitalisation workshops and encouraged them to go and have their say.

The workshops are part of City Council and Urban designers Allen Jack & Cottier's plan to have a Broken Hill Heritage City Living Museum and Perfect Light Project.

This project has been put forward as part of the Resources for Regions funding program.

"We are trying to drum up some support," Mr Nash said.

"The first workshop is being held on Wednesday at 5.30pm and I think that would suit most retailers.

"It is a great opportunity to come along and contribute."

Outback Whips and Leather's Ron Hill said he would be attending and will be keeping an open mind.

"I know council are focused on producing a public space but they need to realise the needfor a commercial space as well," Mr Hill said.

"I've heard from a few people in Mildura that their mall area isn't attracting business.

"It is a nice open space but it isn't bringing people down there."

Mr Hill said it was important to create an area that was vibrant and made people want to be there.

"It's important that it represents the history of Broken Hill, not just mining or art," he said. "It needs to be a place that businesses can benefit from."

Mr Hill said the idea of having businesses open seven days may result in staffing problems.

"You need to be conscious of the whole social side of opening seven days a week.

"Some research has been done into it and it has the ability to affect whole sporting groups, church groups and clubs.

"If people are working on the weekends, they don't have time for sports or to spend with their children."

Mr Hill said this was just one of the things that needed to be discussed.

"Hopefully, we should finish up with a beautiful, vibrant shopping precinct.

"It is a positive step." Bullrush shop assistant Winette Ogilvie said a common complaint was that there weren't enough shops.

"We do get a lot of visitors who are happy to browse," she said.

There are three workshops - one tomorrow at 5.30 at the Musicians' Club; another on Thursday at the Democratic Club at 11.30am; and a community 'meet and greet' in Town Square on Friday at 9am.

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