Work­shop with de­signs on im­prov­ing town cen­tre

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

CITY of Greater Bendigo will host a de­sign work­shop with Heath­cote res­i­dents and traders to look at ways to make the town cen­tre safer, more at­trac­tive and wel­com­ing.

The town cen­tre was raised as an is­sue as part of the Heath­cote Town­ship Plan, with res­i­dents iden­ti­fy­ing pedes­trian and cy­clist safety, ve­hi­cle speeds and lack of ameni­ties as key con­cerns.

The work­shop will be run by E+ Ar­chi­tec­ture, which has been en­gaged by coun­cil to develop a con­cept for how High St might look and feel.

Bernie O’Sul­li­van, City of Greater Bendigo di­rec­tor of strat­egy and growth, said con­sul­ta­tion had been pos­i­tive.

“We had good feed­back from lots of Heath­cote res­i­dents and one of the key con­cerns raised was look and func­tion of the town cen­tre,’’ Mr O’Sul­li­van said.

“High Street is very wide and is dom­i­nated by ve­hi­cles and park­ing, so it’s not very pedes­trian or cy­clist friendly.

“There are also is­sues around ac­ces­si­bil­ity and lack of friendly wel­com­ing spa­ces for peo­ple to gather.

“This work­shop will be a great op­por­tu­nity to work through th­ese and other is­sues and start com­ing up with a vi­sion of what the com­mu­nity wants to see in its town cen­tre.”

In­for­ma­tion from the work­shop will feed into a con­cept plan for the town cen­tre that will form part of the Heath­cote Town­ship Plan.

The work­shop is on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 11 from 7-9pm at the Heath­cote Bowls Club, nib­bles pro­vided. All res­i­dents are wel­come. RSVP to rs­den­quiries@bendigo.vic.gov.au

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