Empty and unkempt closed shops have contributed to the state of Deniliquin's Hardinge St being labelled as 'unacceptable'.By Zoe McMaugh
Deniliquin Play on the Plains Festival chairman Harold Clapham says the state of Hardinge St is ‘‘unacceptable’’.
Empty and unkempt closed shops, unsightly vacant land and underutilised railway land are just some of the issues with the main thoroughfare through the town.
Deniliquin Council announced it would develop a plan to tackle the aesthetics of Hardinge St, which Mr Clapham has welcomed.
‘‘We’re a promotions town and as Muster HQ (on Hardinge St) is an events centre, it is unacceptable that Hardinge St looks the way it does.
‘‘The building next to us (the former KFC building) is a disgrace. I believe the site is still owned by KFC and it’s unacceptable for a multi-national company to leave the site like it is.
‘‘I think council should put more pressure on the owners of the land to keep their property up to an acceptable standard.’’
Mr Clapham said there was an opportunity for the Ute Muster Committee to take control of the KFC land, if the property owners agreed.
‘‘If KFC is prepared to pay us a nominal fee, enough to cover rates, the muster could maintain the block.
‘‘There is a bit we could do with the area — use it as additional parking and for marketing, for example.’’
Mr Clapham said there were also benefits to be had from tidying up railway land in Hardinge St.
‘‘We’re looking at running a blues train from Melbourne for the Deni Blues and Roots Festival.
‘‘The initiative has real potential and I don’t think it would take much to get the area ready for that. The grass may not be green, but we can always maintain it to a proper standard.’’
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