Ovens St up­grade

$1.41m re­design to make street more pedes­trian friendly

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Front Page - BY STEVE KELLY skelly@ne­me­dia.com.au

A PRO­POSED $1.41 mil­lion re­design to Wan­garatta’s Ovens Street and King Ge­orge V Gar­dens will re­duce park­ing spa­ces to cre­ate a more pedes­trian friendly area in the CBD.

Par­al­lel park­ing spa­ces will re­place an­gle park­ing, and the foot­path will be widened on the gar­dens side of Ovens Street, while and a central me­dian strip will be built, elim­i­nat­ing about 17 park­ing spa­ces in to­tal.

Coun­cil­lors will de­cide to­mor­row night whether to en­dorse the re­vised con­cept de­sign of the area and al­low a de­tailed de­sign of the project to progress.

The re­port, which took into ac­count feed­back from 60 for­mal sub­mis­sions, in­clud­ing 329 pub­lic com­ments, will be tabled also ask­ing for coun­cil­lor rat­i­fi­ca­tion about how com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion in­flu­enced de­sign changes.

Key con­cept plan fea­tures in­clude be a pedes­trian pri­or­ity (ze­bra) cross­ing in the centre of Ovens Street and an­other cross­ing close to the Rowan/Ovens streets round­about, with both cross­ings raised.

The re­port de­tails that “a change in pri­or­ity within the CBD from ve­hi­cles to pedes­tri­ans” will pro­vide a con­nec­tion from the CBD to the gar­dens with “a safe cross­ing point for pedes­tri­ans such as fam­i­lies with chil­dren to ac­cess the park”.

Pub­lic safety mea­sures will be put in place with street light­ing to be in­stalled within Ovens Street and path light­ing in the gar­dens.

The ex­ist­ing stage in the gar­dens will stay and be en­hanced to in­cor­po­rate seat­ing and its vis­ual as­pect, fol­low­ing a pe­ti­tion against its pro­posed re­moval.

A more cen­tralised north­south fac­ing stage and ex­tra seat­ing will still be in­stalled un­der re­vised plans as it is more suit­able for morn­ing events.

The level of in­ter­ac­tive art pieces in the con­cept de­sign have been re­duced be­cause they did not with the her­itage as­pect of King Ge­orge V Gar­dens and bar­be­cue fa­cil­i­ties have been omit­ted from the plans.

The September or­di­nary meet­ing of coun­cil will be held at the Wan­garatta coun­cil cham­bers at the cor­ner of Ovens and Ford streets at 6pm to­mor­row.

PHOTOS: Emma Hil­lier

CHANGES PEND­ING: A re­design of Ovens Street will go be­fore coun­cil to­mor­row night fol­low­ing a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod which at­tracted 60 sub­mis­sions.

EN­HANCED: King Ge­orge V Gar­dens will get ma­jor im­prove­ments.

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