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Council adopts streetscape designs

Wide shot of café, supermarket and large trees in picturesque Newstead.

Wednesday 21 November 2018

Designs to improve streetscapes in Chewton, Campbells Creek, Guildford, Newstead and Taradale have been given the tick of approval at last night’s Ordinary Meeting of Council.

Staff at Mount Alexander Shire Council worked closely with residents and community planning groups to develop streetscape designs for each township. The designs propose key elements such as the placement of trees and plantings, traffic management, pedestrian safety and creation of social spaces.

“Community members were very keen to share their ideas about how to improve their townships, and their input was critical in coming up with the final designs,” said Gaynor Atkin, Manager Community Partnerships, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“The design process was led by each community. From the creation of design priorities to their promotion, we were guided by what the community wanted and what was important to them,” said Ms Atkin.

“We are very grateful to everyone who was involved in helping to develop these designs and ensuring that their ideas were represented.”

Council has budgeted $100,000 to begin implementing the streetscape designs this financial year and will also seek external funding for some of the larger elements of each design as required.

“We’ll also meet with each community to discuss implementing elements of the streetscape designs,” said Ms Atkin.

Take a look at the final designs on Council’s website at www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/Community_Plans.

Council is also finalising streetscape design guidelines for Castlemaine and Maldon as part of a separate project.

Image: Streetscape design guidelines are now finalised for Chewton, Campbells Creek, Guildford, Taradale and Newstead (pictured).

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