THERE was unanimous support on Wednesday for councillor Warren Aubin's suggestion to attempt to replicate the decorative lights in Summer Street, Orange.
Bathurst Regional Council resolved to investigate the possibility of stringing decorative lights across two blocks of William Street, as requested by Cr Aubin, and added in Keppel Street to be part of that investigation.
The idea, Cr Aubin said, had previously been put in the "too hard basket" by council because it would have required attaching the lights to privately-owned buildings.
However, with new light poles installed along William Street, the idea could be much more feasible.
Cr Aubin said the lights would make the main street of Bathurst much more inviting.
"I want this investigated. If we get lights down William Street it will just enhance our CBD, it'll make it inviting, it'll create some nice, warm, fluffy feelings," he said.
Cr Bobby Bourke thought it would also add to other initiatives that he believes have beautified the central business district, such as new potted trees.
"I think this is just another attraction that could be added to that," he said.
"We got funding for a lot of that, and I think council ... should move on to the government and see what is out there and get some sort of funding and do it bigger and better than Orange."
It was Cr Jess Jennings who requested that Keppel Street be investigated as well.
He proposed investigating the possibility of the lights being strung over several blocks of Keppel Street, from the railway station up to Machattie Park.
"Then you'd have a link from the gateway there of South Bathurst that runs into the CBD, which works quite well, particularly demonstrated by the way bits of the winter festival were run this year," Cr Jennings said.
Cr Aubin was happy for Keppel Street to be added to the investigations, and had said from the beginning that the project could be expanded to other streets at a later date if it was deemed possible in two blocks of William Street.
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