New seating and wheel stops added to Talking Street trial

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New wheel stops have been added to parking spaces in Burringbar Street this week and eight sandstone seats will be arriving this Sunday (12 December) as part of Mullumbimby’s Talking Street trial.

There may be minor traffic disruptions in Mullumbimby town centre on Sunday as the new seating is moved into place.

“We are installing wheel stops in parking spaces along Burringbar Street as they are known to create a safer and more spacious area for pedestrians,” Council’s Project Planner, Isabelle Hawton said.

“The wheels stops and new seating are the final two items being trialled through the NSW Government funded Talking Street project, which has been running since early 2021,” she said.

Council has also trialled a new pedestrian crossing near the Commonwealth Bank, slower traffic speeds in the town centre and temporary road narrowing treatments at the Burringbar and Stuart Street intersection.

“In recent weeks, Arakwal artists have begun work on some fantastic pavement artwork at the intersection of Burringbar and Stuart Streets that has also been made possible thanks to the Talking Street trial,” Ms Hawton said.

“Now we are adding wheel stops to the parking spaces and eight beautiful, sandstone seats designed by local artist organisation Creative Mullumbimby for people to use while out shopping, to stop and have a chat or sit and enjoy their coffee or lunch.”

“What we learned through the parklets, which had to be removed in October due to anti-social behaviour, is that people want more short-term places to ‘perch’ in the Mullumbimby town centre… so we are trialling a different approach this time with more open and inviting seating made from recycled sandstone in key locations for people to enjoy,” she said.

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