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Frederick Street precinct design project

Photograph looking down Frederick Street from Templeton Street toward Lyttleton Street.

The town of Castlemaine has a rich heritage dating back to the 19th century gold rush of which the historic streetscape and buildings are still evident today. This history and charm has been preserved by much restoration work and careful planning, allowing the town to remain an historically important and highly desirable destination for residents and visitors alike.

Project overview

In May 2017, Mount Alexander Shire Council engaged Tract Consultants Pty Ltd to review the existing streetscape conditions and prepare a strategic plan to further enhance the town centre while preserving the rich history.

One of the key priorities was to undertake a streetscape upgrade of Frederick Street and Mechanics Lane located between Mostyn Street and Templeton Street. The review of the existing infrastructure identified that road and footpath assets required reconstruction which was seen as an opportunity to implement Council’s streetscape plan as part of the works.

This project is for the design development of Frederick Street and Mechanics Lane and will help Council to achieve the objectives as listed in the streetscape plan. These works will be the first stage of a much larger vision for Castlemaine to be a vibrant and attractive centre which maintains and enhances its 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 considerations

Local residents and businesses have provided considerable feedback after public viewing of the concept plans for the Frederick Street precinct.

View the concept plans.

Feedback included:

- Improving pedestrian and cycling access along with landscaping and plantings

- Maintaining vehicle access and on street car parking

- Increasing seating and opportunities for public art

- Where possible, this feedback will be included within the detailed design
The detailed design will include:

• At-grade (level) footpath and kerbs for many areas, to improve pedestrian access and amenity
• Upgrades to pavement surfaces
• A shared zone recognising cyclists and pedestrians as equal users of the street
• An increase in public safety measures through the addition of public lighting
• Street trees and other plantings throughout the precinct.
• Stormwater drainage will be upgraded
• Reuse of existing heritage materials
• Undergrounding of existing overhead power
• Car parking

Where are we now

Detailed design works are currently underway.

Design completion date

Target date for design completion is March 2023.

Future construction of the project will be dependent on funding availability.

If you would like to discuss this project further please contact the Project Manager via the details provided below.

Project manager

Amanda James - Senior Project Engineer
Phone: 03 5471 1763

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