EMBRACE the footpath as retail and community space in Taree's central business district (CBD).
That is the advice of acclaimed placemaker, David Engwicht to Greater Taree City Council and CBD retailers. He says there are various levels of involvement they should try to use:
1. Basic: Erect a display of stock outside the shop or if the business is a cafe, put a table and chair outside.
2. Imaginative: Create a setting on the street that feels nice to be seated in.
3. Generous: Do something that is not related to your business but enlivens the street and gives people a reason to stop, interact and socialise. For example, placing a chess set at a table setting.