Snowy Monaro Regional Council has listened to the concerns of the Jindabyne Central School community, ensuring Kalkite Street will remain closed to traffic.
A meeting was held at the school last week with Snowy Monaro Regional Council Administrator, Dean Lynch joining council engineers, parents and members of the school council to discuss upgrades to Snowy River Avenue and the proposed plan to re-open Kalkite Street to traffic.
Jindabyne Central School staff, parents and the P&C informed Council they were worried for the safety of their children if vehicles were allowed to access Kalkite Street.
Administrator Lynch informed those at the meeting that Council has taken the concerns of the school community onboard and would alter design plans for the Snowy River Avenue upgrade.
‘Council is here to listen to the community’s concerns and this is exactly what we’ve done. The community had their say and we’ve acted accordingly. Council is focused on providing the necessary upgrades to Snowy River Avenue. Ensuring the safety of the public, in particular our school children, is the number one focus,” Administrator Lynch said.
“Reopening Kalkite Street formed an important part of the plans to upgrade Snowy River Avenue, but through community consultation it was quite clearly expressed that the school community didn’t want the street opened to traffic.”
Work will commence next week on creating additional parking spaces in the Kalkite Street car park. This forms part of Council’s plans to upgrade Snowy River Avenue to boost economic activity in Jindabyne as well as linking the Nuggets Crossing precinct with the town centre.
Council informed those at last Thursday’s meeting in the school library that McMahon’s Earthmoving will establish themselves onsite at the Kalkite Street car park from Monday, April 3 with work to start on Monday, April 10.
“Council has taken note of the school community’s concerns and the plans for Kalkite Street have been amended. The Snowy River Avenue upgrades serve as a vital Council project to ensuring economic growth in Jindabyne,” Snowy Monaro Regional Council General Manager, Joe Vescio, said.
“These works will halt at the June long weekend and resume once the winter season is over. Council will continue to look at plans to best achieve what the community desires.”
“With Council’s new position, work will not progress for the proposed changes to Kalkite Street and Park Road.”
Plans will be amended to ensure the Kalkite Street car park, access to the public toilet on Snowy River Avenue, footpaths and construction of a new parking bay for long vehicles would be completed by the June long weekend.
Council will progress with the introduction of timed parking in the Kalkite Street car park.
Council has undertaken community consultation on the proposed upgrades, including initial consultation for plans involving Kalkite Street, and has balanced the needs of community members and stakeholders.