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Meeting June 2019

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June Meeting

Wednesday Evening 26th June 2019

Discussion of draft
Picton CBD Emergency Flood Response Initiative

On the 3rd anniversary of the disastrous storm which devastated Picton businesses and residents, the Picton Chamber of Commerce discussed the creation of an Emergency Flood Response Initiative.

The June 2016 storm event saw every business in the main street and many businesses and residents abandoning years of built up hard work to the highest water levels in living memory.

The local government’s response has been to conduct a study into the cause and possible mitigation possibilities. To date, the Chamber is unaware of any definitive plans for a response to a similar event should Picton find itself in a similar scenario.

While we await outcomes from those studies the Executive has decided to move matters to the fore by inviting all stakeholders invested in the protection of Picton businesses and property to join together with the express purpose of coordinating an Emergency Action Plan in the likelihood that weather conditions look like repeating the events of June 2016.

In attendance was the Mayor Matthew Deeth and other Council officers, SES Area Commander Ngaire McCarthy and assistant officers as well as members of the Chamber of Commerce.

Presenting initiatives for discussion was Chamber Executive member Geoff O’Brien. It was noted that almost all townships and districts in states other than NSW have multi-stage warning procedures well documented. One of the eye opening facts mentioned on the night was that computer modelling the catchment flow through Picton using scenarios where Stonequarry Creek had a significant reduction in debris and privet resulted in a high water mark being reduced by only a few centremetres. This will come as a disappointment to many who have argued the need to clean out the creek as a solution to future proof the town from storm events.

Noted at the meeting was the surprise of businesses and residents that storm waters approached from the Hume Oval when all attention was focussed at the bridge near the George IV Inn. Early warning detection in areas other than those already monitored will be one element of the initiative Chamber will be requesting authorities remedy.

The meeting ended after agreement by all parties to continue the initiative by formerly asking for the Council to incorporate the Chamber’s initiatives as a chapter in the official storm study and officially ask for the SES to join the initiative.

The Chamber thanks all participants and looks forward to working together to ensure the maximum safety for the community and minimum loss of property should a similar event take place.

 

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Meeting 2018 – 6

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June 2018 Meeting Update

Wednesday, June 27th 2018
Picton Bowling Club Argyle Street, Picton

A Vision for Picton’s Future

Business needs and opportunities in the CBD

A summary of June’s meeting was published in the Daily Telegraph

 

PICTON’s future has been unveiled, with grand plans to invigorate the township with a motel, microbrewery, alfresco dining, and shop-top housing.

The vision was presented to the Picton Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday night, with local business owners John Corbett and Phil Digger presenting ways to energise the town centre and transform the historic village into a “destination town”.

An artist’s impression of the approved shoptop housing in Picton’s Menangle Street, on the site of Digger’s Furniture. Design: Allman Johnson Architects

Under the plan, a number of Menangle St sites, including Corbett’s Hardware and Digger’s Furniture, would be developed.

A three-storey 30-plus room motel will be located on the Corbett’s Hardware site along with ground-level retail space.

A microbrewery and function centre/restaurant, proposed by Mr Corbett, will be located at the rear of the motel with access from the current Picton Mall carpark.

The Digger’s Furniture site will be transformed into shop-top housing, with Wollondilly Council already approving the $2 million proposal.

An artist’s impression of the proposed restaurant/function centre and microbrewery, to be located in the current Picton Mall carpark.

The development will feature a ground-level alfresco bar and restaurant facing the old post office, retail space and six units located above.

Mr Digger said he believed the development would be a good fit with the future direction and character of Picton.

An artist’s impression of the alfresco restaurant and bar in Picton. Design: Creative Spirit — Picton.

“I think Picton is going to go in the same direction as Camden, with more eateries than there are shops,” Mr Digger said.

“That’s the way it’s going to be. Hopefully it will draw more people into Picton, which can only be good.

“(The development) has been something we have been wanting to do for the last 10 years, but with the flood condemning the building we have now been forced to do it,” he said.

Grand plans have been unveiled for the historic town of Picton. Picture: Simon Bullard

Picton Chamber of Commerce president Kyle Chamberlain said the presentation by Mr Corbett and Mr Digger was informative for all members.

Picton Chamber of Commerce president Kyle Chamberlain.

“Wednesday night’s meeting was a get-together of local businesses and developers to enlighten the chamber as to what the direction the town is taking,” Mr Chamberlain said. “The investment the developers are willing to put into Picton is a good thing because Picton has been around for 100-plus years and, with the investment, will be for 100 years to come.

Picton is set to transform into a destination town. Picture: Simon Bullard

With these things happening in our town it will continue to build into a nice destination for people to come to, to stay the night, have food in our restaurants and cafes and shop in the area.

“It should bring more money into town as, at the moment, a lot of us leave the area to spend our money.

“The future looks great for Picton and surrounds.”

John Corbett, owner of Picton Mall, has lodged concept plans for a microbrewery and tourist accommodation to Wollondilly Council. Picture: Simon Bullard

Wollondilly Council has agreed, in principle, to sell areas of land for a development consistent with the concept plans submitted to council for a microbrewery and tourist motel.

Mowbray Park Farm ready to take on the world

Wollondilly Councillor Blair Briggs, who moved council’s resolution of in-principle support of the developer’s plans, said he believed the developments will establish a vibrant Picton town centre.

Wollondilly councillor Blair Briggs.

“I don’t see any downside,” he said. “It’s an employment generator, it will bring a lot of money into the community and it will broaden the accommodation offering in the shire.

“It will help drive visitor numbers in the area.”

The vision follows George IV Inn’s lively return to business in October last year, following a multi million-dollar restoration to bring the historic pub back to life.

Picton’s George IV Inn to reopen [Chamber Editor: Is now open for business]

Picton Mall owner and the proponent of the motel and microbrewery development, John Corbett, was not available for comment.