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Small Town Streetscapes

Photograph looking up the main road of Taradale. The Taradale Mineral Springs Reserve is on the right.

Following extensive community consultation, Council has developed a suite of streetscape improvement works for the townships of Campbells Creek, Chewton, Elphinstone, Guildford, Newstead and Taradale.

Project summary

The Streetscape enhancement works include street beautification, supporting infrastructure for local businesses and the creation of town centres to improve economic activity and community connections.

Council successfully applied for two grants from Regional Development Victoria’s Regional Development Infrastructure Fund, which will contribute towards the implementation of the streetscape plans for the townships of Campbells Creek, Chewton, Elphinstone, Guildford, Newstead and Taradale.

View the Streetscape designs for each town by clicking on the link below:

Campbells Creek

Improvement works include:
- Bicycle racks.
- Directional signage to Community Centre and Chinese Cemetery.
- Street Trees.
- Street Furniture: Seating x2 outside post office and general store.
- Share lane markings for bicycles.
- Artwork.
- Redefined entrance to Community Park.


Elphinstone

Improvement works include:
- Formalised crossing point with granite banding and signage.
- New PTV bus shelter on concrete paving.
- Landscaping and seating to monument at War Memorial.


Taradale

Improvement works include:
- Street Trees.
- Provide directional signage to point of interest.
- Provide defined parking spaces.
- Road markings for dedicated bike lane.
- Repaint Back Creek Road Bridge & Pedestrian bridge.
- Replace Castlemaine Events signage with Welcome to Taradale signage.
- Defined parking spaces of Jackson Street.
- Remove bus stop of outside the service station and combine with the stop outside Taradale Wine and Produce Store.
- Provide seating and bus shelter.


Chewton

Improvement works include:
- Install shelter and seating at existing bus stops that have defined bus zone line markings
- Create a defined entrance to Ellery Park including landscaping and signage
- Install bicycle racks
- Level and seal car parking near General Store to include accessible parking space
- Create a paved courtyard space with seating between the Town Hall and Ellery Park
- Install seating, street lighting and street landscaping.

The proposed pedestrian refuge noted on the concept plan (item 6) located between Chewton Soldiers Memorial Park and the old Chewton General Store is not feasible in accordance with design standards.

The proposed location is not feasible due to the following reasons:

• The proposed location is at a bend is considered a road hazard for both pedestrian using the island and motorists using the road as it is a single lane in each direction.
• The tapered centreline line-marking required will extend beyond the North Street, Fryers Road intersection which is not in acceptable in accordance with design standards, and will create confusion amongst the motorists coming into the intersection from both roads.
• Refuge islands are preferred by VicRoads to be “Mid Block”, therefore not located at an intersection.
• The added kerb outstands in this location reduced the crossing width to 6.6 m, which is appropriate for this location with a speed limit of 50km/hr.

Council is investigating the feasibility of a pedestrian refuge located approximately 40 m east of Fryers Road opposite the ‘Former Church’ as this location is close to the bus stops. Council intend to finalise the design in coming months to keep the Small Town Streetscape project moving in Chewton.


Guildford

Improvement works include:
- Civil works improvements at the intersection of Fryers St and Templeton St (Midland Highway) (e.g. kerb and channel, pedestrian refuge, drainage, road re-surfacing, car parking, line marking)
- Accessibility improvements for the Barassi bust statue (e.g. access ramp, steps and fence modifications)
- Extend concrete lintels for bus stop access outside the Guildford Family Hotel
- Install directional and interpretative signage at key locations
- Landscaping improvements.

The detailed engineering drawing for Guildford can be viewed here.

Newstead

Improvement works include:
- Install seating near the Mens Shed and Swimming Pool
- Beautification works on the forecourt at the Newstead Community Centre
- Construction of improved storm water drainage, road seal/surface and line marking, footpaths, kerb and channel on Panmure Street
- Seal and improve drainage to the current gravel areas with asphalt on both sides of the Lyons Street, east of Panmure Street, including line marking to demarcate bus stop areas
- Provide parking spaces (where acceptable to Department of Transport) at the front of the Community Centre, Grocer and Milk Bar on the Pyrenees Highway and near the Grocer on Panmure Street
- Upgrades to landscaping around mature tree and recently planted street trees, including watering improvements
- Interpretive signage at key locations within the core township centre
- Rationalise existing bike racks
- Landscaping including tree plantings.

The detailed engineering drawings for Newstead can be viewed here

Project aim

The aim of this project includes:

• Increasing liveability in each town by improving the attractiveness and safety of town centres.
• Creating improved town centres though the provision of supporting infrastructure to the main streets, improving economic growth in the retail, trade, food and accommodation sectors.
• Increasing visitation and tourism through infrastructure such as interpretive and directional signage to sites of interest.
• Improving beautification, social connections and support through active transport through infrastructure.
• Attracting new residents to townships.
• Increasing land/property value of the townships.

Project outcomes

The project outcomes will include:

• The delivery of on the ground improvements to the town centres.
• Strengthened character of the town centres.
• Improved economic activity and community connections.

Where are we now

Council has appointed a contractor for the works in Campbells Creek, Elphinstone and Taradale. Works will commence in July 2021, starting with Campbells Creek and are anticipated to be completed by December 2021, weather permitting.

Council has already completed some minor works in Chewton, Guildford and Newstead including:

Chewton
• Fencing improvements at Soldiers Memorial Park and Chewton pool
• The installation of bike racks out the front of the Chewton Post Office and Chewton Pool.

Guildford
• The installation of bike racks out the front of the Guildford General Store and Guildford Hotel
• Indigenous planting alongside John Powell Reserve
• Street tree planting alongside Guildford Public Hall and John Powell Reserve
• Nature strip planting between Guildford Hotel and Guildford Post Office.

Newstead
• The installation of gates at Newstead Park
• Additional seating at Newstead Bakery and Café.

Detailed engineering drawings for Chewton, Guilford and Newstead are still in development. Construction work is anticipated to commence August - September 2021.

Project manager

Campbells Creek, Elphinstone, Taradale and Newstead
Graeme Barnes – Project Manager
Email: g.barnes@mountalexander.vic.gov.au

Chewton and Guilford
Casey O’Toole – Project Engineer
Email: c.otoole@mountalexander.vic.gov.au

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