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Digging deeper on Station Street

Wingecarribee Shire Council will host a public meeting on the proposed upgrade of Station Street, Bowral, on September 20 from 7pm at St Judes Church Hall Hall in Bendooley Street, Bowral.

So that council can control numbers attending, it is necessary to register at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/public-meeting- about-station- street-upgrade- registration-37510342444.

Highlands Matters Incorporated has written to the mayor previewing issues that must be addressed at the open public meeting.

These issues go deeper than images and animation on show at council’s pop-up kiosk.

The northern entry to Bowral is unique. And Heritage Bowral attracts tourism.

The commemorative pin oaks, the preserved Victorian landscape of the railway station, the row of selected camellias and the long avenue of mature elms which have adorned Station Street for almost eighty years provide a beautiful and historic northern entrance to Bowral.

There is a groundswell of opinion that the only way to preserve this total landscape for future generations is to reject and reverse the proposed Station Street Upgrade.

The Station Street Upgrade grew from a recommendation from the 2012 Bowral Parking, Traffic and Transport Strategy.

That study concluded that a road specifically designed to relieve traffic is known not to be the primary benefit. What now are the objectives of the Station Street Upgrade?

Is the real driver of the Station Street Upgrade the $7.5 million grant from the NSW Government?

If so, how appropriate is it that WSC policies and priorities are driven by such a grant? The letter to the mayor is at http://www.highlandsmatters.org.au/index.php/hot-topics- menu/686-digging-deeper- on-station- street

Alan Olsen

Public Officer

Highlands Matters Incorporated

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