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Executive manager Kim Low used the meeting to announce a new BID funding scheme to help businesses come together and improve.

She said the businesses had rallied together since the launch to come up with ideas for improvement such as mood lighting, water features, painted pathways, live music events and artworks.

BID chairwoman Penny Valentine said the reaction to the launch had been heartening.

‘The concept and subsequent development of a business improvement district has taken more than a year to get up and running so it is fantastic to see local businesses embracing it,’ she said.

‘We are open to all ideas which bring an economic benefit to local city centre businesses. Essentially anything which bring customers into the city centre and keeps them here longer and has a benefit for local businesses, we will consider.’

Any commercial property or business owner is invited to be part of the BID venture.

To find out more, call 9430 6504.