Call to spruce up entrance
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.