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Maldon Streetscape Rejuvenation Project

Historic Maldon

This project will enable Maldon to realise its vision to be a vibrant and attractive centre which maintains and enhances its unique character and heritage values, serves the needs of local residents, attracts tourists and other visitors, and promotes the growth and viability of retail traders and other businesses.

Design phase

This design phase involves both the undergrounding of power and civil works to improve sections of the footpaths, road and drainage on High and Main streets. In addition to these much needed civil works, landscape improvements will also be incorporated into the design to ensure a holistic, high quality outcome for the streetscape. The design is being delivered in three main milestones – concept design, schematic design and detailed design.

Some of the proposed benefits of this project include:

• Better facilities for businesses, customers, parking and pedestrian access.
• Improved amenity and appearance of the town centre to attract potential visitors, residents and new businesses.
• Increase in capital value of buildings through conservation of heritage fabric.
• Greater ability to attract and retain tenants.
• Improved safety from bushfire, severe weather or overhead powerline faults.
• Removal of any future requirement to upgrade to new concrete power poles.
• Upgraded power supply capacity to reduce outages.
• Better facilities for events to showcase Maldon.
• Long term preservation and improvements to the street tree canopy.

Design considerations

A design consultant, Infrastructure Solutions, has been appointed to complete the civil design of the High St and Main St. The design will be based on the concepts and themes outlined within the Maldon Town Centre Streetscape Plan.

The Infrastructure Solutions design consultant team is assisted by Urban Initiatives (Landscape Architect), Heritage Alliance (Heritage Consultant) and Webb Australia (Lighting Consultant). Powercor is undertaking the detailed design related to undergrounding power in parallel with the civil design.

The development of the project business case, funded by Council and Regional Development Victoria, has led to the recent announcement in May 2020 by the Victorian State Government of a $4.5M funding contribution towards the project.

Following finalisation of the detailed design in September 2020, final project costs will be confirmed and additional funding identified. All going well, the project will be ready to tender in early 2021. Staging and progress of construction (including the Powercor works associated with undergrounding of power) will be planned in advance of this, and communicated once known.

The Streetscape Steering Group (comprising the Ward councillor, Council CEO, local business operators, landowners, Maldon Neighbourhood house, Maldon Inc., Maldon Focus and Maldon Community Bank) meet periodically to discuss matters related to all aspects of the project. The Concept Designs were presented to this group in February 2020 and feedback has been received and is generally incorporated into the comments below.

Key areas of note

- Stone channels

No change is anticipated to the stone channels.

- Footpaths and pedestrian crossings

Footpath reconstruction within asphalt sections will look to address accessibility where possible.

A rumble strip has been requested for inclusion at the Templeton/ Main St intersections, as has been included at the Main/High St intersection. A pedestrian path/ opportunity at the Main/High St intersection is also being considered.

A pedestrian crossing (with line markings) is being designed in vicinity of the Old Bank Corner on High St. Further discussions with VicRoads are required, however it is possible that signalization may not be required if the kerb outstands are installed at Francis and Spring St intersections (identified as future works). The crossing is therefore being designed as such, but will not necessarily constructed as part of this project, noting that these kerb outstands are not currently included in the scope of the project.

- Kerb outstands

Kerb outstands at Templeton/ Main St and Main/ High St intersections are intended to ‘bookend’ the main business area of town, and to create a traffic calming effect – they will help make it clear that this section of town is a ‘slow vehicle’ area. It is intended that these are planted out, however the specific vegetation types have not been confirmed.

The granite edging along the kerb and tree outstands (which is noted in the Proposed Tree Pits concept plan, LC06 – see below) is not preferred and other options are currently being explored.

The large kerb outstand identified within the proposed pedestrian crossing plan (LC09) at the Main St/ High St intersection will be modified to ensure driveway access is maintained to the adjacent retail property.

Future Kerb outstands (not included in scope here) have been suggested along High Street at Spring Street & Francis Street, at Francis / Dolphin & Fountain / High Streets, for Driver / Pedestrian Safety.

Indicative planting options are shown in the document below including the Landscape Tree Options (LC20), Landscape WSUD concepts (LC21) and Landscape elevation concepts (LC22).

- Tree outstands

Tree outstands to accommodate existing/ additional street trees and/or street lighting, and to provide passive irrigation to street trees and improve water quality. The angled form of each outstand is intended to help regulate parking.

Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) options are also being considered within Main and High St at the tree locations. Original concepts proposing granite kerbs have been adjusted and alternative options are being considered.
Indicative planting options are shown in the document below including the Landscape Tree Options (LC20), Landscape WSUD concepts (LC21) and Landscape elevation concepts (LC22).

- Street trees

Retention and protection of the existing street trees including additional shade tree planting and greening, with the exception of removal of trees with a Useful Life Expectancy of under 11 years.

The trees requiring replacement may be replaced with one of four possible species. Species include three Elm varieties and one new alternative species:

a) replacement with an Elm variety:

i. Allee Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia Emer II ‘Allee’)
ii. Sapporo Autumn Gold Elm (Ulmus ‘Sapporo Autumn Gold’)
iii. Variegated Silver Elm (Ulmus minor ‘Variegata’)

b) replacement with an Oak variety (Turkey Oak, Quercus cerris).

The Oak species is proposed as an alternative to Elm varieties, which are subject to pests and diseases such as Elm Leaf Beetle, and may worsen in changing climate scenarios. Of concern is that Elm Leaf Beetle can only be controlled with use of neonicotinoids class insecticides which are linked to declining bee populations. The proposed Oak species will still provide a large, deciduous tree canopy within Maldon but may be more resilient in the long term.
Indicative tree species options are shown in the Landscape Tree Options plan (LC20).

- Street lighting

Updated street lighting is required due to undergrounding of power and removal of lighting infrastructure. Modern lighting standards can only be achieved by adding infrastructure. However, to minimise the impact on Maldon’s Historic Central Area the lighting concepts propose that street poles be kept to a minimum.

a) Option 1 (minimal poles) is preferred – with the QBE lamp aligned with the requirements of the Burra Charter 2013 for new works[1]. Option 2 incorporates a Valentino lamp, and Option 3 requires more poles.

b) One replica heritage (non-compliant) lamp will be located on Old Bank Corner – Cast iron Campaspe column.

c) Pedestrian crossing flood lights (Sastaled) are specified at the proposed pedestrian crossing location only as a requirement to meet VicRoads minimum standards.

d) All lights are LED with a ‘warm white halogen incandescent’ colour identified – rather than a typical LED bright white/ blue sky colour (refer to the Lighting background and key plan - EL01)

- Timber crossovers

The timber pedestrian and vehicle crossover structure (across the stone channels) is intended to be standardised – the typical timber crossover will be retained.

- Car parking

Parking spaces are intended to be marked with white discs (kept to a minimum of one per each corner on the road side only). This will help maximize parking within the town centre in an orderly manner. The alignment of cars will also be assisted through the construction of tree outstands.

- Street furniture

Street furniture (seats, bike racks etc.) and signage/ wayfinding options are still being developed. We are also working on a water fountain solution separately.

Following a request from the Streetscape Steering Group, we have ordered two sets of rubbish bins (each with a general waste and recycling bin enclosure) for Maldon. These bin enclosures will be installed as a trial in selected locations in Main St.

Feedback - if you have any comments in relation to the design documents please email info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
[1] The Burra Charter refers to the Australian ICOMOS Charter for Places of Cultural Heritage Significance and its guidelines

Design documents

Please click on each link below to download the relevant design document.

LC00 – Cover Sheet and Key Plan (PDF, 834 KB)
LC01 – Existing conditions (PDF, 1,561 KB)
LC02 – Existing trees (PDF, 1,493 KB)
LC03 - Civil Upgrades (PDF, 1,854 KB)
LC04 – Landscape Improvements (PDF, 1,670 KB)
LC06 – Proposed Tree Pits (PDF, 45 KB)
LC07 – Channel and Tree Pit Sections (PDF, 291 KB)
LC09 – Proposed ped. crossing and intersection (High and Main Sts) (PDF, 1,611 KB)
EL01 - Lighting background and key (PDF, 2,835 KB)
EL02 – Lighting conception Options 1 and 2 (PDF, 2,104 KB)
EL04 – Lighting Elevation Concepts (PDF, 136 KB)
LC20 – Landscape Tree Options (PDF, 1,737 KB)
LC21 – Landscape WSUD concept (PDF, 1,913 KB)
LC22 – Landscape elevation concepts (PDF, 1,012 KB)

Feedback - if you have any comments in relation to the design documents please email info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au

Project Sponsor - Manager Economy and Culture – David Leathem.

Project Manager - Executive Manager Infrastructure – Tanya Goddard.

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