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Revitalisation works for Scone are well on their way


Everyone is keen to see the revitalisation works that are set to get underway in Scone. 

Pre and post-bypass there are lots of plans on the table with the Scone Town Revitalisation Committee meeting regularly to discuss possible plans for streetscape works, landscaping, etc.

David Gatwood has been the Manager of Business Services at Upper Hunter Shire Council for just over two months now and says both businesses and local residents are wanting to get their bit for the community, and what's right for the community.

"We are working very closely with Mara Consulting, an organisation out of Newcastle, so they have done a lot of design work and this is both from a streetscape point of view with all of the landscaping and street furniture, and just making sure that this is very much in consult with the community,"

"My first meeting was standing room only which is great because you want input from the residents," he said.

"The big thing is that they're looking for action and activity."

"So obviously there is a lot of planning and there's a lot of things that happen behind the scenes which residents don't necessarily see because whilst I wouldn't say you get only one chance to get this right, we want to make sure we are taking into consideration the broader input and at the same time reaching consensus in terms of what Kelly Street will look like post the bypass works," said David Gatwood.

Daracon is powering along with work on the Scone Bypass with works still expected to be complete by late 2020 depending on the weather.

"It's very difficult not to see [the Scone Bypass work], I live on the western side so certainly every day when I drive to and from work I can see there is more progress happening which is fantastic," said David Gatwood.

"One of the very few up sides of the drought is that there have been very few lost days for Daracon."

When work first started on the bypass construction, local businesses were very concerned about how they were going to stay afloat if all of their potential customers, or even just a few, used the bypass instead of going through town.

Now through a lot of consultation and also seeing firsthand how other towns have survived the transition of a bypass, David Gatwood believes it will benefit the town once it’s all finished.

"I think a lot of that concern and noise has abated to a certain extent,"

"Typically what happens is you see a little bit of a downturn initially and then what you see in a matter of weeks, sometimes a few months business starts to pick up again and what invariably happens is not only is it a more conducive place for locals o shop but it’s a greater reason for visitors to stop and stay."

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