A masterful plan for arts precinct
THE Moama Bridge Arts and Meninya St masterplan is now in full swing, with stage one started and the public invited to contribute input.
Murray River Council has been working closely with the project consultants (led by Terroir Pty Ltd and the Bridge Arts Project Committee) to develop the masterplan.
Council’s economic development and tourism manager John Harvie said this was a significant stage of the masterplan development.
“The Bridge Arts and Meninya Street project will showcase the history of the area, the river environment and the local landscape through designs that are unique and specific to Moama,’’ he said.
“This is such an exciting and important development for the town — both from a tourism and liveability perspective — so I would encourage the community to provide input where they can,” he said.
Consultation sessions were held this week with local businesses, residents, Yorta Yorta Nation, members of the arts community and council staff from both sides of the river, where a wide range of ideas and opportunities were canvassed.
“This is a one-off chance to create something special,” local businessman and resident John Kenley said.
“It’s critical that we take the time to get it right.”
The precinct for the project comprises 8 hectares of land adjacent to the new bridge, extending from Boundary Rd at the northern end through a kilometre of bushland to the banks of the river.
The masterplan consists of five stages: ■ Stage 1 — the urban analysis of Moama, a business and economic analysis of Meninya Street, formulating a strategic framework and urban principles. ■ Stage 2 — the development of an experience plan, business operating model and an economic impact report. ■ Stage 3 — begin the development of a draft masterplan. ■ Stage 4 — another commun- ity and council consultation to provide feedback on the draft masterplan. ■ Stage 5 — the finalisation of the masterplan. The project is expected to be finished on April 22, 2019.
The Bridge Art Project is the brainchild of local Barry Donchi who is pleased with the progress made so far.
“After six years of work by our committee, it’s wonderful to see this masterplan underway and the project being talked about,” Mr Donchi said.
Funding for the master plan was provided through a grant from the Building Better Regions Fund, which was matched by grants from Murray River Council, Campaspe Shire, Yorta Yorta Nation, VicRoads (Major Roads Projects) and the Moama Bowling Club.
Interested community members can now also provide input into the project via a community survey which can be accessed on council’s website.
The survey will close on December 7.