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New streetscape plan and design standards for Maldon

View of road and shops in historic Maldon

Wednesday 19 December 2018

Mount Alexander Shire Council has adopted a streetscape plan and design standards to guide the management and improvement of the town centre in historic Maldon.

The plans aim to enhance the character and function of the historically and socially significant 19th century town, with a focus on the central areas of Main and High streets.

The plan provides a strategic approach to improving pedestrian connections, safety and access, street tree planting and public spaces around the town.

The design standards provide details for streetscape elements such as plantings, street furniture, paving materials, crossovers and bins.

They were shaped by community feedback gained via a survey, public forum, listening post, public exhibition and input from the Maldon Streetscape Steering Committee.

There are some things Council can do in the short term, and some larger long term projects it can run in partnership with the community as funding is secured over a number of years.

Priority recommendations include improving pedestrian safety and access, removing asphalt from the base of trees, replacing tired and outdated street furniture, installing more bike racks and restoring historic kerbs and stone channels.

“A Maldon streetscape restoration project has been a community wish for nearly 40 years and it is fantastic to see a finalised plan,” said Tarrengower Ward Cr Stephen Gardner.

“The streetscape plan and guidelines will help us create a more attractive, safe and accessible town, while preserving the character of Maldon that we all know and love.”

“The plan, combined with the recent funding announcement from Maree Edwards MP, State Member for Bendigo West, brings this project one step closer,” he said.

“We would like to thank everyone who has provided input into the plans and the members of Maldon Streetscape Steering Committee for their time, passion and expertise on the project.

“Your feedback has really helped us understand what characteristics of Maldon that are valued by the local community. The next challenge for us is to work on funding it and getting this project shovel ready,” said Cr Gardner.

The streetscape plan is part of the broader Maldon Streetscape Restoration Project, a partnership between State Government, Council and the Maldon community.

In addition to improving public spaces, the project priorities are providing underground power to the main business area of Maldon and the restoration of shopfronts.

With the help of state government funding, Council is about to start work on building a comprehensive business case with detailed designs and costings, to show the economic benefit of investment in Maldon to help secure future funding.

The plans and designs can be viewed on Council’s website. For more information visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au or contact 5471 1700.

Image: The plans will guide future improvements in historic Maldon.

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