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CBD renewal planners want to hear your ideas

Friday, 19th September, 2014

Deputy NSW Government Architect Helen Lochhead and director of Allen Jack+Cottier John Whittingham are inviting everyone to meet them in the Town Square. Deputy NSW Government Architect Helen Lochhead and director of Allen Jack+Cottier John Whittingham are inviting everyone to meet them in the Town Square.

By Emily Roberts

Local businesses are putting forward great ideas for the Argent Street renewal project - now it's everyone else's turn, says organisers.

Over the past two days, workshops have been held to get ideas from business owners about how to develop the shopping precinct.

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

Director of Allen Jack+Cottier, John Whittingham, and Deputy NSW Government Architect, Helen Lochhead, said the workshops had been well attended.

"It's been great. We've received some positive feedback," Ms Lochhead said.

"We had about 75 people attend the first workshop on Wednesday night.

Mr Whittingham said:

"There is a real buzz in the town and they are enthusiastic to engage. There is a real buy-in."

The general consensus was that there needs to be better lighting, places to sit, more events and attractions.

"But they want to keep the culture and character of Broken Hill," Mr Whittingham said.

"These workshops are about us gleaning ideas on what works and what doesn't.

"We are filtering the ideas to see what great ideas bubble out of it."

Ms Lochhead said the light project might not mean a display but having the CBD well-lit.

"It's about creating a holistic strategy," she said.

"We are also meeting with the community (today). We would like to broaden the reach and get younger people, older people, visitors - we want a real cross-section."

Ms Lochhead said it was a very exciting project to be a part of.

"Broken Hill is extremely unusual and has a unique heritage," she said.

The pair said they were happy to be working with Council.

"City Council have a very forward vision, this is a proactive strategy," Mr Whittingham said.

The public "meet and greet" will be in the Town Square today at 9am. A sausage sizzle will be available.

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