19 June 2023

Residents urged to have their say to put Temora Railway Precinct transformation on right track

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Temora Shire residents are invited to give their input towards the design of a master plan for the Temora Railway Precinct. Photo: Temora Shire Council.

Temora Railway Precinct is set for redevelopment after the town’s shire council received more than $40,000 in funding to create a recreation space for residents and boost tourism.

The council received $42,424.80 as part of the Department of Regional NSW Business Case and Strategy.

Temora Shire Council economic and development manager Craig Sinclair said the funding would also go towards preparing a master-plan design for the railway precinct.

The 15-hectare site extends from Polaris and Britannia streets and Camp and Copeland streets.

“It’s a huge site in the middle of the town that contains a number of heritage assets: the railway station, silos, the former footings of the former roundhouse and other infrastructures,” Mr Sinclair said.

“Some of it is no longer in use, while other parts are actively in use.

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“The concept is to create a public recreation space that focuses on a loop trail [walking and cycling track]. It will connect the historical assets and recreational spaces.

“People can have some active and passive recreation, public art, and use the space to connect to our other tourism assets [Bandawarrah Centre, Temora Aviation Museum, Lake Centenary and the CBD].”

The project is set to leverage the future private development of the Temora Flour Mill into a boutique hotel and microbrewery.

Mr Sinclair said the project would connect parts of the town that had historically been divided – Temora and Temora West.

“Every town has the railway line that separates the two [sides] … I think it is a great opportunity to pull the two sides of the town together in a really interactive and usable space,” he said.

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The rail precinct project is set to leverage the future private development of the Temora Flour Mill into a boutique hotel and microbrewery. Photo: Adrian Merrigan.

“It has some great benefits for locals from a socialisation, recreation and mental health perspective.

“It will provide a real focus for visitors … it won’t just be a walking path but has potential to become a good destination and provide experience to engage with our history.”

Temora Council will begin community and stakeholder consultation in June to create a grand vision for the site.

“We have started developing the business case and it will be delivered into separate connected streams,” Mr Sinclair said.

“The business case will look at what are expected outcomes and the return of investment we’re likely to get from making this investment and how it’s going to be maintained.

“We feel it will be regionally significant and we’re open to hearing from any party that might want to contribute to the plan or feels like they may benefit from it.”

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Mr Sinclair said the design element of the project would be done by landscape architects and the consultation for it would start on 28 June at the Fed and Bed Hotel from 10 am to 4 pm.

“We’re having a drop-in session and members of the community can come and meet with the landscape architects and provide their input about what they would like to see in that space,” Mr Sinclair said.

“We’ve got ideas of how the space could work, but it’s open slather for people to throw in their ideas.

“If people can’t make it on the day, we’ll have interactive maps for people to have their input for another couple of days and we’ll open up an online opportunity.”

Mr Sinclair said the architects would take all input and their ideas and produce a draft concept plan.

The plan will go on public exhibition for 28 days for community feedback.

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