Streets as Shared Spaces

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Block between Russell, Howick, William and George Streets.

Bathurst Regional Council was successful in attracting a grant of $767,884 under the NSW Government’s Streets as Shared Spaces program for the Bathurst Streets as Shared Spaces project.

This grant was one of the largest offered under the program. The NSW Government’s Streets as Shared Spaces program provides one-off grant funding to support local councils to test and pilot new and innovative ideas for streets as safe, shared public spaces. The program provides funding to quick-response demonstration projects and strategic pilots that temporarily adapt streets to support healthier, safer and more resilient communities.

Community consultation is complete. Works will start in July 2021. The pilot project is concentrated in the south east corner of the Bathurst Town Square block. Feedback will be monitored and reported to Council along with a recommendation to either make the works permanent or remove at the end of the 12 Month trial.

The work includes;

  • Temporary kerb build outs at either end of Church Street to slow down traffic though Church Street.
  • Temporary pram ramps off King’s parade in two locations along Church Street to improve accessibility.
  • Carpark line marking and a painted centre median for Church Street to improve pedestrian access across the length of Church Street.
  • Extension of Parrish Lane, one way through the centre of Town Square and exiting onto William Street adjacent to the former Bathurst Tafe building.
  • Consolidation of the exit onto William Street of both Parrish Lane and Ribbon Gang Lane.
  • The creation of two linear parks in the Town Square fronting William Street and Ribbon Gang Lane.
  • The installation of 10 street trees in pots on William Street, in areas that do not affect carparking.
  • The installation of 15 street trees in pots on Church Street, in areas that do not affect carparking.
  • New Way-finding and Heritage Interpretation Signage
  • Installation of removable bollards for easier closure of Church Street.
  • Commission for temporary (24months) installations of public art in three locations:
    1. 89 William Street, Mural Project
    2. Ribbon Gang Lane, Laneway activation
    3. Former Bathurst Technical College, Activation/ Outdoor Gallery Space

The aim is to complete the improvements ready for the 2021 Race Week.

Speed monitoring of traffic has been undertaken and will be repeated after the works are complete to gauge the success of the project in slowing down traffic. Pedestrian and Cycle counts have also been organised for before and after the works.

Feedback surveys are available on;

  1. Church Street
  2. Street trees
  3. Town Square Parks and
  4. Public Art.

Alternatively, there is the option to provide an open submission (word limit 200 words) on any topic to do with the project.

Bathurst Regional Council was successful in attracting a grant of $767,884 under the NSW Government’s Streets as Shared Spaces program for the Bathurst Streets as Shared Spaces project.

This grant was one of the largest offered under the program. The NSW Government’s Streets as Shared Spaces program provides one-off grant funding to support local councils to test and pilot new and innovative ideas for streets as safe, shared public spaces. The program provides funding to quick-response demonstration projects and strategic pilots that temporarily adapt streets to support healthier, safer and more resilient communities.

Community consultation is complete. Works will start in July 2021. The pilot project is concentrated in the south east corner of the Bathurst Town Square block. Feedback will be monitored and reported to Council along with a recommendation to either make the works permanent or remove at the end of the 12 Month trial.

The work includes;

  • Temporary kerb build outs at either end of Church Street to slow down traffic though Church Street.
  • Temporary pram ramps off King’s parade in two locations along Church Street to improve accessibility.
  • Carpark line marking and a painted centre median for Church Street to improve pedestrian access across the length of Church Street.
  • Extension of Parrish Lane, one way through the centre of Town Square and exiting onto William Street adjacent to the former Bathurst Tafe building.
  • Consolidation of the exit onto William Street of both Parrish Lane and Ribbon Gang Lane.
  • The creation of two linear parks in the Town Square fronting William Street and Ribbon Gang Lane.
  • The installation of 10 street trees in pots on William Street, in areas that do not affect carparking.
  • The installation of 15 street trees in pots on Church Street, in areas that do not affect carparking.
  • New Way-finding and Heritage Interpretation Signage
  • Installation of removable bollards for easier closure of Church Street.
  • Commission for temporary (24months) installations of public art in three locations:
    1. 89 William Street, Mural Project
    2. Ribbon Gang Lane, Laneway activation
    3. Former Bathurst Technical College, Activation/ Outdoor Gallery Space

The aim is to complete the improvements ready for the 2021 Race Week.

Speed monitoring of traffic has been undertaken and will be repeated after the works are complete to gauge the success of the project in slowing down traffic. Pedestrian and Cycle counts have also been organised for before and after the works.

Feedback surveys are available on;

  1. Church Street
  2. Street trees
  3. Town Square Parks and
  4. Public Art.

Alternatively, there is the option to provide an open submission (word limit 200 words) on any topic to do with the project.

  • Works to Commence

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    Contractors have been appointed for the works and works are scheduled to commence in July 2021.

    Works are scheduled to be complete for 2021 Race Week .

    Traffic Change notification plans have been added to the document box.

    Feedback on the project will open in September for 12 Months. At the completion of the trial period a report recommending permanent change or reversal of the works will be prepared for Council.

  • Overview - Bathurst Streets as Shared Spaces Pilot Project

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    Bathurst Regional Council was successful in attracting a grant of $767,884 under the NSW Government’s Streets as Shared Spaces program for the Bathurst Streets as Shared Spaces project.

    This grant was one of the largest offered under the program.

    The NSW Government’s Streets as Shared Spaces program provides one-off grant funding to support local councils to test and pilot new and innovative ideas for streets as safe, shared public spaces. The program provides funding to quick-response demonstration projects and strategic pilots that temporarily adapt streets to support healthier, safer and more resilient communities.

    Key objectives of the program are to: build on the local character; increase space for safe walking; improve access on foot to key destinations; and activate streets to create better public spaces.

    The Bathurst Streets as Shared Spaces Pilot project is concentrated in the south east corner of the Bathurst Town Square block and encompasses:

    • William Street (between Howick and Russell Streets),
    • Church Street, and
    • Ribbon Gang Lane.

    Within this precinct the project seeks to introduce temporary and reversable improvements that will:

    1. improve and enhance pedestrian safety and comfort;
    2. enhance King’s Parade as a venue where Bathurst celebrates and commemorates; and
    3. test how a CBD street block might be cooled and beautified through new temporary street tree plantings.

    The aim is to complete the improvements ready for the 2021 Winter Festival.

    In the documents box there is:

    1. Presentation summary about the Bathurst Streets as Shared Spaces project
    2. Project summary that outlines the draft scope of works being proposed.

    Community feedback on the draft scope of works is invited via the feedback form below.

    Keep an eye on this project page for regular updates.

  • Bathurst streets as shared spaces pilot project

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    Bathurst Regional Council was successful in attracting a grant of $767,884 under the NSW Government’s Streets as Shared Spaces program for the Bathurst Streets as Shared Spaces project.

    Mayor Bobby Bourke said the grant was one of the largest offered under the program.

    “The program provides one-off grant funding to support local councils to test and pilot new and innovative ideas for streets as safe, shared public spaces,” he said.

    “The funding provides quick-response demonstration projects and strategic pilots that temporarily adapt streets to support healthier, safer, and more resilient communities. From Council’s perspective, we also want this project to encourage people back into the CBD and patronising local businesses.”

    Key objectives of the program are to build on the local character, increase space for safe walking, improve access on foot to key destinations, and to activate streets to create better public spaces.

    The Bathurst Streets as Shared Spaces Pilot project is proposed for the south east corner of the Bathurst town square block to encompass:

    1. William Street (between Howick and Russell Streets)
    2. Church Street
    3. Ribbon Gang Lane

    Within this precinct the project will introduce temporary and reversable improvements that will:

    1. improve and enhance pedestrian safety and comfort
    2. enhance King’s Parade as a venue where Bathurst celebrates and commemorates
    3. test how a CBD street block might be cooled and beautified through new temporary street trees in planter boxes.

    The aim is to complete the improvements ready for the next year’s Winter Festival. More information will be available on the Bathurst Yoursay website as Council commences engagement with the community, particularly with businesses and property owners in the project area.