Public Exhibition & Survey Draft Master Plan and Public Domain Plan, Liveability Project Revitalising Our Town Centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor
Hawkesbury City Council’s Draft Master Plan and Public Domain Plan, Liveability Project, Revitalising Our Town Centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor is now available for view and comment at Council’s community engagement website, Your Hawkesbury – Your Say at www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au and at Council’s Administration Building, 366 George Street, Windsor.
Community members can also access an interactive document and complete a Liveability community survey at www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au Hard copies of the survey are also available at Council’s Administration Building, Hawkesbury Central Library and Richmond Branch Library or by calling Council’s Customer Service on 4560 4444.
The survey is asking community members for their thoughts and comments on the following town centre vision statements:
- Windsor – River heritage, civic boulevards, and vibrant people places
- South Windsor – An updated contemporary town centre
- Richmond – An activated cultural destination.
As part of the survey, community members also have the chance to prioritise key projects for Windsor such as a shared pedestrian zone in Windsor Mall, park and river connections, outdoor dining upgrades or extending the Library and Gallery courtyard.
For Richmond, community members have the chance to prioritise key projects such as a green tree boulevarde, new seating and street furniture, lighting, more opportunities for outdoor dining and activation of Richmond Park – such as new seating and pedestrian connectivity.
South Windsor options for community members to prioritise include a George Street green boulevarde with street trees linking South Windsor from McLeod Park to the Station, new seating, Bereewan Park upgrades – more greenery and tree canopy, formal path network, activate the park with play equipment or courts.
Council has created this project to revitalise the town centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor through public domain upgrades, place-making and activation initiatives, stakeholder partnerships and commercial opportunities. This project is supported by the Western Parkland City Liveability Program and funded by all three levels of government via the Western Sydney City Deal.
Council welcomes comments from community members on the Draft Master Plan and Public Domain Plan, the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Barry Calvert said.
“Now is your chance to have your say about the town centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor,” the Mayor said.
“Please also take the time to participate in our community survey. You can learn more about the future of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor by clicking through the interactive document atwww.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au
“However you choose to make a submission, whether by mail, email or online, we want to ensure that everyone has the chance to comment before the closing date on Monday, 31 August 2020,” he said.
About the project
Council has created a Draft Master Plan to ensure the town centres become appealing destinations. Council has specific aims for the Town Centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor:
- Richmond: An Activated Cultural Destination
- South Windsor: An Updated Contemporary Town Centre
- Windsor: River Heritage, Civic Boulevards and Vibrant People Places.
The Town Centres Master Plan Working Group, including chairperson Councillor Danielle Wheeler, Councillor Emma-Jane Garrow, business owners and community representatives, have worked together to ensure that the town centres of Windsor, Richmond and South Windsor become vibrant hubs through the project.
The project has two key components. Firstly it identifies town centre master plan strategies to provide an overarching framework to guide change and revitalisation. The second component is a public domain concept plan for a focus area within each centre. The public domain plan includes a vision, design features, guidelines and a maintenance plan.
Council’s vision is that the Hawkesbury can be a vibrant and collaborative community living in harmony with our history and environment, whilst valuing diversity, striving for innovation, a strong economy and retaining the Hawkesbury lifestyle and identity. The project aims to:
- Reinforce strengths of existing village identity, heritage and setting of key town centres
- Foster partnerships between the community, stakeholders and decision makers
- Slower, safer streets for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists
- Better access and wayfinding to key destinations and parking
- Attractive town centres with high quality footpaths, furniture and landscaping
- Benefit to local businesses with more pedestrian activity, placemaking and improved image to attract more residents, visitors and businesses
- Greener Town Centres with improved park space with more amenity, more trees and shade, cooler streets and reduced carbon emissions
- Healthy, inclusive community with more active transport, enhanced social environments, reduced obesity and improved mental health.
Western Parkland City Liveability Program
The Western Parkland City Liveability Program is a key commitment of the Western Sydney City Deal. The City Deals Liveability Program was established to enable each Council to implement a project to provide infrastructure improvements that will improve the built and natural environments and enable economic and social prosperity. The total value of the Liveability Program is $18.75 million per Council comprising $15 million from the Commonwealth and State Government and a further matching 3.75 million from Council.