Trees are a valuable asset that adds considerably to the amenity of the town. This major asset must be managed so the trees' health life is realised as well as minimising exposure to risk from trees. To that end Council's Horticulturalist has a program of methodically inspecting all street trees in Cootamundra. If a tree has to be removed Council considers that time, effort and therefore cost is better spent on a replacement tree that will grow to be an asset for the town. Some trees are not suitable for some areas eg only small trees will be planted under power lines.
Listed are the suggested replacement trees for the Shire.
Street Trees (PDF 347KB)
Located in Bourke Street, Cootamundra In conjunction with the Central Business District Parker Street Upgrade in 1999, Council constructed the Bourke Street Taxi Terminal. A circular curved roof structure to provide shelter for the patrons and taxi operators. Cootamundra's taxi rank portrays a futuristic feel with large rolled canterlevered columns clad in slate grey rolled colourbond iron. The taxi rank is a majestic structure that ensures all year round weather protection for the taxi patrons.
Council in 1999 after community consultation, resolved to proceed with the main street upgrade.
The architectural design was a hybrid of the Architect Sing Wong's concept as well as a local resident and artist of Cootamundra, Mrs Dawn Elrington.
The main street upgrade involved lifting old sandstone kerbs, replacing kerb and gutter, renewing shop front drainage, milling the existing footpath, laying the new footpath foundation, placing a hotmix and clay tile wearing surface, recycling and resurfacing of old sandstone kerb stones for planter boxes, planting masses of street trees / plants, and installation of ornate lighting and futuristic street furniture.
Cootamundra township is renown for open spaces, beautiful well maintained park / gardens and above all a safe friendly community to live in. It was these attributes Council wanted to portray in the main street concept. Council also wanted to provide a beautiful and functional main street that the residents of Cootamundra were involved in and therefore had ownership of. This ownership was highlighted by the operation of the Main Street Committee as well as the concept design being sourced from a local resident. In addition to the main street upgrade proper, Council resolved to build an all-weather taxi rank that would suit the concept. Cootamundra's taxi rank portrays a futuristic feel with large rolled canterlevered columns clad in slate grey rolled colourbond iron. The taxi rank is a majestic structure that ensures all year round weather protection for the taxi patrons. The project planning had its genesis in the Main Street Steering Committee. The Steering Committee was attended by CBD shop owners, interested members of the public as well as council staff. It was from this forum that Council officers discovered and discussed issues which were incorporated into the project development. Cootamundra's main street project was an efficient, results orientated project where all levels of staff and community worked together to make it happen. The survey, design and construction were fast tracked to fall in the ten week window that was afforded Council. Staff at all levels put in incredible amounts of effort to ensure the main street project worked. Staff donated their time and quite often in their own time visited the site during the night. Throughout the project the local business people were obliging and respected the fact that Council was minimising the disruption to their business operations.
Cootamundra's main street would not have been possible if not for all the contractors and property owners who worked seamlessly with Council staff. The Cootamundra main street project achieved its objectives by being a unique main street that the community admires and appreciates. Numerous compliments have been received from local residents, businesses and travellers. Requests are also being received from other local government areas on various details of this upgrade. All construction is sympathetic to elderly, disable and sight impaired people.