Laurieton Town Centre Master Plan Steering Group to host consultation meeting on November 12, 2020

Feedback sought: April Saunders with Stuart Bate, Greg Mitchell and Greg Armstrong lead a steering committee to discuss the future of Laurieton town centre.
Feedback sought: April Saunders with Stuart Bate, Greg Mitchell and Greg Armstrong lead a steering committee to discuss the future of Laurieton town centre.

What do you want Laurieton to look like in the next 50 years?

Feedback is being sought from residents, business owners and community leaders.

Laurieton Town Centre Master Plan Steering Group will host a forum at the Laurieton United Services Club from 7pm on Thursday, November 12.

Priorities for the town's growth will be discussed including works on the main street, memorial park, the river foreshore and associated connections.

Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce president Stuart Bate said he hopes community collaboration and sharing of ideas will develop a strategy to secure the town centre's future.

"We want to talk about vision and we are looking for a town centre master plan that reflects the wants and needs of the community," Mr Bate said.

"It needs to have a high quality of life and well being factor involved. It needs to be economically sustainable. We want to create Laurieton as a hero town, a destination for people to want to come to.

"It needs to be an inclusive design with cultural diversity, disability and smart technology. The goal is to have the high-level concept master plan completed by June 2021."

Mr Bate said the master plan must be driven by community and recognise indigenous culture in the area.

"This is not just about just planting trees in boxes out the front of businesses. It's about designing a town that is going to be sustainable economically and environmentally for the next 50 years," he said.

Humble beginnings: Bold St, Laurieton in the 1950s. Photo: Supplied

Humble beginnings: Bold St, Laurieton in the 1950s. Photo: Supplied

The steering group is working with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and the state government.

Council has allocated $100,000 to the development of a Laurieton Town Centre Master Plan.

Steering group member Greg Mitchell said the meeting is vitally important in achieving positive outcomes for the future of the town centre.

"Our vision is to build a thriving, viable, well designed town centre, activate private and public investment maintaining a connection to environment and heritage, be a catalyst to revitalise retail and create a people-friendly destination." Mr Mitchell said.

April Saunders, a local resident of 23 years and steering group member, said it's time for residents to decide how Laurieton will look in the future.

"Outcomes from this meeting will influence the future of Laurieton, affecting investments, business vibrancy and growth and general community wellbeing," Ms Saunders said.

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