TOUGH words and discussions have left the community feeling more comfortable with the proposed upgrade work at the Roxy Theatre.
The theare was given funding to the tune of almost $4 million late last year from the state government, but initial design work of the project was met with conjecture and confusion by residents.
As part of the process, consultations with residents were held through three forums last week with architects, project leaders and Leeton Shire Council staff to explain in-depth what the upgrade would involve and how it would be completed.
It was also an opportunity for residents to log their concerns and complaints, which have now been recorded.
Each of these will now be responded to and possible solutions offered and further explanations given.
Roxy Redevelopment Committee chairman Katherine Herrmann described the three forums as fruitful and were eye-opening for all involved.
"There was robust discussion," she said.
"All up throughout the sessions, there were about 150 people there.
"Seating numbers (at the theatre) were a big discussion."
The removal of seating in the plans has caused some outcry in the community, but Mrs Herrmann said there would be scope to increase these numbers.
A cafe for the theatre has also caused concern, with community members worried it would impact on the already similarly-established business located in the precinct.
The basic requirement the upgrade wants to achieve is the ability to offer refreshment during shows and events.
Having a kitchen and a possible cafe were options in achieving this, but Mrs Herrmann said nothing was locked in.
She said that is why the consultation process was important so everyone's thoughts could be outlined, addressed and compromises made.
The forums were praised by councillors at Wednesday night's ordinary meeting, with most applauding Mrs Herrmann and her team for the organised process and the opportunity residents had to be part of it.
The next step will be for a further workshop and consultation with the community, with a date to be set in the near future.
It is expected the project will take up to five years to complete, which includes the current consultation process.
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