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January 10, 2017

Submissions have continued to flood in on how to improve business in Shepparton’s Maude St Mall.

Submissions have continued to flood in on how to improve business in Shepparton’s Maude St Mall.

Yesterday’s 5pm deadline had hundreds of suggestions submitted on how to re-activate the underperforming mall.

Greater Shepparton City Council had received 410 submissions when the time The News went to print yesterday. More than 120 were received during the final week of consultation.

Now the considerable task of finding a solution among the hundreds of ideas awaits officers and councillors.

Submissions range from survey responses to a selection of activation concepts drawn up and described as a starting point, to full-blown alternative design concepts of the streescape with slow-moving traffic running through the mall.

Council’s investment attraction manager Geraldine Christou last week said designs presented had ‘‘started a really interesting conversation around the CBD’’ and urged anyone with thoughts about how to improve the mall to share them.

Once all feedback and concepts were received, Ms Christou last week said she expected information would be forwarded to councillors.

‘‘Without knowing all the concepts that have come forward, we might go, ‘that’s good, we need more information ... could you come and present your idea to councillors?’,’’ she said.

She said while the 2017-18 budget had not been adopted yet, ‘‘looking at these plans will help inform future priorities’’.

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