Notice anything different on Auburn Street next to Belmore Park?
After upgrading the median strips on the main street at the end of last year, Goulburn Mulwaree Council trialled a synthetic turf surface.
Turf has been laid in the block from Market Street to Montague Street and Goulburn Mulwaree Council mayor Bob Kirk felt it made the street look better.
"I think it looks quite good," Cr Kirk said.
"With the trees planted on the strip too, it gives the street more of a garden feel.
"I hope the public can see it's all about the beautification process of Goulburn's CBD."
Laying out the turf on the median strips will cover up more concrete on the street, which in turn, will soften the street's aesthetics and cool the main street.
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The public has given both positive and negative thoughts on the project.
Some of the positive feedback include the fact that it is low maintenance, adds colour to the town and some say it makes them want to spend more time in the area.
Mission Australia's SE NSW and ACT area manager Daniel Strickland said "Well done council, it looks great".
Another person said they wanted to give "an out of town pat on the back for council" and a third person said they loved what council was doing for our beautiful town".
However, there was plenty of criticism including these:
- "A hardy native grass would be even better for the environment and cooling."
- "And just when you think you've seen it all, another fantastic waste of money."
- "It would be good if council reviewed all the footpath pavers that have been laid before they spend any more money."
If Goulburn Mulwaree Council decided the trial is a success, more turf will be laid throughout the street in the coming months.
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