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One-way traffic set for CBD in 2018

Change is coming for Bourke’s main street, with Council approving plans to build a roundabout, widen footpaths, plant trees and — controversially — make the Oxley Street central business district open only to one way traffic.

The $1.5 million makeover of Oxley Street has been progressing since January, when Council received notice that they had been successful in their application for funding from the Murray Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program. The Commonwealth Government program was put in place to help irrigation communities cope with the economic impact of water buybacks and reduced extractions as a result of the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

The main street makeover project, names “Bourke to the Core” aims to revitalise business in the CBD by making it more appealing to both the local community and travelling public.

Landscape architect Richard Stutchbury presented his initial concept in May, with revised concept drawings for Oxley Street presented at the September Council meeting.

On Monday, Council approved the design concepts, the most significant being making Oxley Street a one-way thoroughfare. As part of the makeover, car will only be able to enter the CBD from Richard Street, with a landscaped roundabout at the other end of the block at the intersection with Sturt Street...

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