Call to spruce up en­trance

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - News - ALICE CLAR­IDGE

DER­WENT Val­ley res­i­dent Kathy Kirby says it is time to get creative to solve prob­lems like the un­sightly en­trance to New Nor­folk.

Ms Kirby said late last year a large num­ber of cy­press pine trees were cut down at the town’s en­trance and the area has since looked stark and unattrac­tive.

‘‘I un­der­stand that times are tough and like ev­ery­one else, the coun­cil doesn’t have money to spare,’’ Ms Kirby said.

‘‘But that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative with ways to get around things.

‘‘I think it would be won­der­ful to in­vite lo­cal res­i­dents, or any­one who has an in­ter­est

Some­thing needs to be done here, it is such a shame that our pretty town has such an ugly en­trance

in the area, to buy their own trees to have planted here.’’

Der­went Val­ley Coun­cil Mayor Mar­tyn Evans said the coun­cil was in con­sul­ta­tion with the New Nor­folk RSL to have a me­mo­rial av­enue of trees planted along the en­trance to New Nor­folk.

‘‘We are work­ing with the RSL and the spa­tial plan­ning com­mit­tee on ways to en­hance the area,’’ Cr Evans said.

‘‘The spa­tial plan re­view will be put out for public com­ment soon and at to­mor­row’s coun­cil meet­ing the high­ways and stormwa­ter by­laws will be re­viewed.

‘‘That will help ad­dress some is­sues such as sig­nage and dump­ing to im­prove traf­fic flow and amenity of our roads.’’

Ms Kirby moved to the area about five years ago said she wanted to see New nor­folk and the Val­ley grow and pros­per.

‘‘It would not take that much co­or­di­na­tion to get things mov­ing, sim­i­lar projects hap­pen all over the coun­try, and I think there would be lots of peo­ple who would be pre­pared to buy a ma­ture tree,’’

Ms Kirby, who has a back­ground in project man­age­ment with the state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments, said the project would re­quire re­search and in­put from a num­ber of par­ties but she would be happy to lead the project her­self.

‘‘Some­thing needs to be done here, it is such a shame that our pretty town has such an ugly en­trance. It could be so much bet­ter with a lit­tle bit of work,’’

‘‘I like the gates at the en­trance but they are lost in the land­scape as it is at the mo­ment.’’

Cr Evans said he and the coun­cil would wel­come Ms Kirby’s ideas and would ap­pre­ci­ate her ad­vice and in­put.

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