Have your say: Wagga’s wishlist for 2018

If you could see one thing changed, improved, or fixed this year in Wagga, what would it be? 

With the holiday season now done and dusted, we checked in with residents to find out what the most pressing issues are for our city in 2018.

For some people, crime was the number one problem that needed addressing.

“Some people grab cars from the street and owners’ houses and they burn them somewhere else – it’s really scary for me, because it wasn’t in Wagga earlier – it just happens nowadays,” Ritu Gupta said. 

“I really think we need another or a one man only police station to service the outer areas like Ashmont, Tolland, and Glenfield,” Sharon Breu said.

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Some residents, particularly shop owners, said a lack of parking on the main streets was hurting local businesses. 

“I think we really need a bit more parking around town, particularly in the CBD area – it’s preventing a lot of people from accessing businesses,” Bronwyn Carlin.

“I feel that disabled parking in the main street around the Sturt Mall needs to be improved – we need to get more of that,” Kirra Hubbard said. 

For others, building on Wagga’s tourism and entertainment industries was at the top of the list.

“I feel Wagga needs more events, it generates more business for everyone in Wagga accommodation-wise, and I think we really need to go back to what we used to have,” Barbara Wigg said.

HAVE YOUR SAY: We surveyed residents around Wagga to find out what the most pressing issues are for our city that need addressing in 2018.

HAVE YOUR SAY: We surveyed residents around Wagga to find out what the most pressing issues are for our city that need addressing in 2018.

“I think to promote the good local coffee shops, the best places to go for a pub lunch, some guided tours around, like do an hour tour or a two hour tour and actually have somebody in a little mini-bus,” Helen Tyrrell said.

“I’d like to see the sporting hall of fame and the museum in a more central position in town so that it would be more accessible to visitors and tourists,” Don Tuckwell said.

Some people also reminded us of some more practical issues that need addressing.

“The lake is an issue, probably for all of Wagga, especially with the fireworks display on New Year’s Eve and people couldn’t go there because of the blue-green algae,” Dominic Tancredi said.

“In 2018, I’d like to see the location of Wagga’s new public school announced,” David Payne said.

What do you think needs addressing in 2018? We’d love to hear from you. Answer our poll, get in touch via Facebook, or email claudia.farhart@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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