April News from Vision 2020

May 1, 2011

EXCITING BINGARA TOWN STRATEGY
Landscape architect John Mongard  made his presentation at our April meeting on Thursday April 7.

This exciting plan may well shape the style and layout of Bingara well into the first half of this century. The detailed plan focuses upon building styles and locations and the movement of vehicles and pedestrians around the town centre.

The proposal was very well received with many positive comments. The reduction of asphalt, increases in shaded pedestrian and cycle ways, storm water capture and control and the diversion of large vehicles from around the town centre were highlights.

John Mongard’s plan can be viewed at GSC.

WORKING BEE PLANTS 200+
On Saturday April 2, a hardy band of willing workers weeded the stabilised bank at the junction of the Gwydir and Hall’s creek and planted another two hundred plus shrubs and grasses.

The plants had been procured by GSC staff who had also deposited several loads of mulch. The callistemon “Captain Cook” (a dwarf form of the C.Vimilaris that grows along the Gwydir) have done very well with last year’s plantings well over a metre in height and breadth.

The Riverscape site now has its paths and fences in place. Further work on the pond, swales and rock barrier will take place soon. The site is already attracting more visitors and it will become a popular spot for locals and tourists. Well worth a walk!

BINGARA BUSINESSES PROMOTION
The Bingara Businesses are planning a big radio campaign for broadcast across the region.  It is a project to highlight the shopping opportunities in the town and to create a united front to say that Bingara “wants your business”.

A meeting will take place on Monday April 18 to outline the project and all interested business people are invited to attend to hear details of the plan and sign up for this exciting project. For more information contact Susan Bridges at “La Vogue” Hair and Beauty Salon.

GREAT REPORTS FROM ROXY OPENING
The events of the April 9/10 weekend were glowingly reported by the many visitors. Congratulations to all concerned.

PETER BAILEY GUEST AT MAY MEETING
The founder and chief executive of Country Week, Peter Bailey, will be the guest presenter at the next General Meeting of V2020 on May 5.

Peter will propose reasons why communities such as Bingara should participate and his experience with the development and promotion of country towns will be worth hearing.

All are welcome to attend with a special invitation to GSC staff. GSC have provided the input for the last few times that Gwydir has attended Country Week.

A reminder…
V2020 MEMBERSHIPS ARE NOW DUE