“Main streets are the focal points of our towns, villages and cities. They are the places where we meet friends, share lunch, spend time and shop. A town without a quality main street is missing out on the most fundamental of public spaces, and its residents forgo the social atmosphere of a thrumming communal space. There is a broad appeal to quality main streets, so it makes sense to invest in good ones.” MRCagney, 2015
In spring 2015, the City of Hobart and a team of consultants undertook a program of community engagement to identify and prioritise streetscape upgrades for retail precincts across Hobart’s local areas. An innovative ‘tactical urbanism’ approach was employed. Pop-up style events were held in local areas, and communities were able to trial a range of temporary traffic interventions and streetscape improvements. Participants designed, organised, tested and proved their bold concepts, and the communities had a lot of fun in the process.
In New Town, the traders group planned an event to test the closure of two street sections in order to create a new village square. 'Twilight on the Green' was a great success with people from the neighbourhood enjoying food, fire and music into the evening.
Twilight on the Green certainly brought the community together for an enjoyable party, however the event was intended to trial a more permanent solution for a traffic-free intersection. Discussions with traders, locals and the New Town Community Association revealed that there were many different views and some people had real concerns about the impacts of restricting traffic from New Town Road.
To ensure that a project could go ahead with broad community support, the City of Hobart relaunched the community engagement, inviting participation from all stakeholders in a co-design process to determine the scope, priorities and design direction for the upgrade.
Project planning: July 2017 - May 2018
Issues and vision: July – September 2017
The following activities were conducted to understand the community’s burning issues and highest priorities, and to identify common ground as the foundation for a new project scope:
- mail-out to 2000 households, traders and property owners
- online survey
- community workshop at Sacred Heart College.
Directions and options: September – November 2017
A Project Action Team (PAT) comprised of 23 community-based stakeholders worked collaboratively with City officers to work through options and make recommendations that re-set the direction of the project. Four facilitated workshops were attended by the PAT, information was shared and 31 recommendations were made to the Council, outlining the priorities of the team.
Draft streetscape concept: March 2018
A draft concept was released for consultation in March 2018. The design was based on the Project Action Team's recommendations. A survey was open for a month to test the concept with the broader New Town community stakeholders.
Reporting and approvals: April - May 2018
The results of the March 2018 consultation have been documented for reporting to the Council in May 2018.
Project delivery: From June 2018
Detailed design: June - January 2019
Following the Council's approval for the project to proceed, detailed designs have been prepared in preparation for the construction stage.
Construction commencement: End February 2019
Construction is scheduled to commence at the end of February 2019. Project staff will be in touch with traders, residents and other stakeholders closer to the start date.
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