Wagga councillors to decide on putting Integrated Transport Strategy on display

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Councillors are set to invite submissions on the long-awaited Integrated Transport Strategy (ITS), after an 18-month consultation process.

The decision to put the draft document on public submission will be made at Monday night’s council meeting.

There were fears about the document after a $240,000 consultant’s study was released earlier this year that was slammed as being out of touch with the community.

However, the draft document had been welcomed by groups like Committee 4 Wagga, which had strongly criticised the consultants’ lack of local knowledge. Chief executive Chris Fitzpatrick said welcomed the draft.

“When adopted by council, the ITS will give us an outstanding opportunity to lobby governments for the funding of our future transport infrastructure,” Mr Fitzpatrick said. “The ability for the whole community to be united as one voice will be undeniably strong and we should all work together to ensure these solutions become reality.”

Wagga mayor Greg Conkey said the ITS would guide the city’s growth for the next 20 to 30 years.

“We’ve had a tremendous amount of consultation with the community over this, a lot of feedback – more than 90 formal submissions including two excellent ones from C4W and the housing industry,” Cr Conkey said.

“Council has taken on board what everyone’s said and I think we’ve come out with a draft that will satisfy Wagga’s needs going forward.

“This is a draft document and I invite people to look at what we’ve come up with.”

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