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Raymond Terrace set for revitalisation, with the help of local community


One of the region’s beloved historic towns, Raymond Terrace, is set to undergo an important renaissance.

And, Port Stephens Council would like residents to play a role in improving the vibrancy of the central business district (CBD).

In that regard, West Ward councillors Giacomo Arnott, Peter Kafer and Peter Francis will host Community Idea Gathering Sessions for locals to share their thoughts on beautification ventures.

While two meetings took place last week, a further two are scheduled for Monday 6 May and Tuesday 7 May. 

Cr Arnott said the Raymond Terrace CBD Town Improvement Project would build connections and grow community pride in the heart of the city.

“It’s an exciting new initiative put together by myself and my fellow West Ward councillors Peter Kafer and Peter Francis,” he explained.

“We’ve been hearing from our community for a long time now about the ideas they have for our town centre.

“So, it’s time to put them on paper and work together to deliver improvements in our CBD.”

Cr Francis said the sessions were designed to capture as many ideas as possible.

“So far, we’ve had a great response,” he stated.

“The first session provided lots of new ideas – some big and some smaller, simple ones, too.

“There’s a strong focus on King Street, Riverside Park and Port Stephens Street.

“But, we’re keen to hear concepts for any locations in our town centre.”

Cr Kafer said the community would be empowered to decide, which of the many ideas submitted would come to life. 

“Our plan is to take all of them, work through what we can achieve and, in a few weeks, have residents vote on their favourite concept,” he added.

“Once we do that, we’ll get our work boots on and partner with locals to bring these projects to life.

“If you’d like to contribute ideas but can’t make one of the sessions, contact any of your councillors or jump onto council’s website to post your submission.”

Find out more about the Raymond Terrace CBD Improvement Project and have your say at or email [email protected]

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