During the development and community engagement process of the Structure Plan, the poor quality and amenity of the public environment was a reoccurring issue. As the centre will accommodate more residents, and attract more businesses and visitors to the centre over time, ensuring that the public amenity and amount of public spaces will be vital to the health and wellbeing of the community, as well as supporting the economic development of this precinct.
The Master Plan establishes a design theme for the retail streets and public realm of Reservoir. Recommendations for streetscape furnishings, public art, and vegetation and design treatments will lend coherence to Edwardes Street and Broadway. This work, coupled with the Reservoir Identity Study is seen as an important early step in unifying the Reservoir Village (Edwardes Street) and the Broadway shopping precincts.
The Master Plan provides a series of recommendations over a 10 year period for the centre as well as providing a series of place making strategies, to inspire Council and empower the community to foster Reservoir’s distinct character/identity and create memorable experiences in the centre.
Key projects in the Master Plan
The Master Plan identifies a series of key projects which will positively change the private realm and engender community pride and ownership.
- Greening of the Centre, with additional street trees and new garden beds. This will be delivered over the next 2 years.
- Footpath Replacement, will assist in giving the centre a ‘fresh look’, promote walking and provide a safe pedestrian environment for the all users.
- Creating additional public space in the centre, through reclaiming road space. This will include enhancing existing kerb extensions on Edwardes Street, and creating new spaces on Broadway. The look and feel of these spaces will be similar for both Edwardes Street and Broadway, and play a key role in visually connecting the centre.
- Delivering a new public park on Broadway, where the existing toilet block is located (bounded by Cheddar Road, Broadway and High Street). A temporary ‘pop-up’ space will be delivered in early next year, to then inform the permanent design of the park.
- Enhancing Reservoir laneways, as they play a pivotal role in the pedestrian network of the centre. Revitalisation will include new paving treatments, public lighting, public seating and installation of temporary and permanent public art and vegetation where appropriate.
- Edwardes Street redesign, will include a redistribution of unused road space through the core section of Edwardes Street, to the footpath area. Increasing the footpath areas will result in traffic calming for the centre, and in turn improving pedestrian safety and amenity for Edwardes Street.
The 2014/2015 budget has allocated $400,000 to the implementation of this Master Plan. This will deliver paving improvements, additional garden beds and street trees, kerb extensions to create public spaces and the Broadway Temporary Park.
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