QEII land­scap­ing starts

North East Tourist News - - ALBURY / WODONGA -

LAND­SCAP­ING on the west­ern side of QEII Square be­gan in late Au­gust, sig­nalling the fi­nal stages of the much an­tic­i­pated com­ple­tion of the new café and youth space at the back of the Li­brary-Mu­seum.

The works in­clude con­struc­tion of a deck around the café, im­prove­ments to the laneway from Kiewa Street, ad­vanced tree plant­ing, a new path­way that links the café to the QEII con­course, in­stal­la­tion of an ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem and new turf.

A tem­po­rary fence will be in­stalled that blocks off the en­tire lawn area on the west­ern side of the square which will pre­vent pedes­trian ac­cess via the laneway to Kiewa Street, how­ever, it will not im­pact on the re­main­der of the park, with plenty of shade, seat­ing and space for peo­ple to en­joy.

The land­scap­ing works are part of the QEII Square Mas­ter Plan, a long-term vi­sion to cre­ate a con­tem­po­rary, vi­brant and ex­cit­ing in­ner-city space.

The new café is sched­uled to open on Novem­ber 18 and will also in­clude a ded­i­cated youth space, ac­tiv­ity and meet­ing rooms, in­door/out­door din­ing and per­for­mance spaces.

Mayor Henk van de Ven says coun­cil is in­vest­ing $1.39m in the project, pro­vid­ing a safe and cen­tral place for young peo­ple to visit, ac­cess in­for­ma­tion, play mu­sic and hang out.

RE­LAX­ING SPACE: An artist’s im­pres­sion of the youth cafe that will front QEII Square.

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