The last year saw Kurri Kurri's very first District Strategy and CBD masterplan, after many years of lobbying by chamber and other community members, which passed council after much community consultation.
This needed to be in place for council to apply for funding to do any work in our area.
Last month council has received a grant to commence stage one of the CBD upgrades which, with their contribution, will be nearly $4.2 million. We'll see an upgrade of part of Lang Street, including footpaths and street-scaping.
Work will commence shortly on planning what will be done, and we will again have the opportunity to consult on these plans. We'll keep you informed on developments including consultation sessions.
Our next chamber meeting will be the last week of October when we hope to have Garbis Simonian updating us on exciting developments in his waste ecology park.
It's exciting, and it's happening in our own back yard. The university have already been for a tour. These developments are ground-breaking, as well as being a large employment opportunity for our area, which has a history of ongoing high unemployment, including our youth.
With the publicity over recent months about what was (or more precisely wasn't) happening with our recycling, to have businesses just down the road doing great things to alleviate our waste problem puts Kurri Kurri even more firmly on the map. Details will be released shortly for this meeting.
Two vacancies on committee
Kurri Kurri District Business Chamber held our AGM on September 11.
Our new committee is: President, Kerry Hallett (general manager, Hunter Region Business Hub); vice-president, Toby Thomas (principal, Thomas and Associates); treasurer, Lesley Morris (Towns With Heart community projects officer), committee, Roz Bastow (principal, All My Things), Elana Lawrence (Kurri Kurri Community Centre) and Shane Meister (principal, Network ICT).
We still have two casual vacancies and would love to welcome new committee members to join us.
Remember, you have to be a current member of chamber to be eligible to join the committee.