AN AMBITIOUS new plan to address social problems and crime in south-west Moree has been approved by the Moree Plains Shire Council.
The master plan was developed by stakeholders from Housing NSW, NSW Police and the council, after Housing NSW identified it as a priority site due to a prevalence of social issues, vandalism and antisocial behaviour.
Moree Plains Shire Council’s senior strategic development officer Murray Amos said revitalisation of this area was critical.
“There are opportunities to undertake improvements to this precinct that would improve the physical appearance and help reduce antisocial behaviour,” he said.
“Key to this is encouraging residents of south-west Moree to have pride in where they live.
“As a side benefit, the changes will enhance the market value of properties while improving public perception.”
The plan, which is aimed at improving the amenity and social fabric of the precinct, has identified a number of priorities, including creating “through” streets to reduce the number of cul-de-sacs, cleaning up derelict properties and generally improving the form and appearance of housing.
Mr Amos said the timing of the plan’s endorsement could also be viewed as a major advantage, given the recent grant approval for the upgrade of Burt Jovanovic Oval, located within the south-west Moree precinct.
Housing NSW has already provided $200,000 for works in the precinct and council’s adoption of the plan will provide opportunities for new grant funding.
The master plan can be viewed on the council’s website.