WHERE are all the beautiful avenues of ornamental trees that you see in many country towns, the pride and welcome of townships’ citizens?
Certainly not here in Nowra.
Nowra’s forefathers did plant some lovely blueberry ashes that bring beauty to the streets near the council chambers, and we see the odd mature tree scattered here and there that are a joy to behold.
The white crepe myrtles on Kinghorne Street are a step in the right direction and in years to come should be spectacular; however the big problem is the Princes Highway, gateway to Nowra and our adjacent tourist destinations.
I implore the powers to be to make an effort to beautify at least this eyesore of the Princes Highway after the road works have been completed.
Remember the last road works in the Parma Road area?
To this very day the shoulders are dangerous in some places, ugly bare cuts are left exposed and weeds grow everywhere.
What a poor and disappointing visual welcome to Nowra and our beaches.
I envisage mowed roadside vistas with an avenue of ornamental trees from Jervis Bay Road in the south to around the old church in Meroo Meadow in the north.
I believe this is imperative to enhance our coastal lifestyle and encourage tourism.
The town would benefit if we could perhaps utilise the resources of the inmates of our local jail, and appropriate welfare recipients, who would enjoy working in a healthy outdoor environment.
This input could include landscaping, development and upkeep.
Different organisations such as the navy, RSL clubs, Rotary, Lions and other members of our community could even adopt different sections of the highway to help reduce costs and maintain community interest and involvement.
I think it is important that concerned citizens speak up now to ensure Nowra becomes a town to be proud of; and we leave a gift of beauty to our descendants.