Council presents vision for city centre

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Greater Bendigo City Council has presented a range of ideas to improve the vibrancy of the city centre at a meeting of stakeholders today.

Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said there was a range of short, medium and long-term ideas that were being considered to attract more people and make the city centre a great place to relax, shop and do business.

“Today we discussed some of the actions we are considering, and gained some valuable feedback from business owners, landlords and agents,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“We are putting together a plan and we need a partnership approach to turn these ideas into reality.

“There are lots of really positive things happening in our city centre, such as our laneway precinct, some new food businesses establishing themselves and activities that have become a regular feature in the heart of our city such as the Moonlight Market.

“We are keen to see what the traders, landlords and agents think of what we are planning, because it’s important that whatever we end up doing meets community needs and expectations.

“We are still in the early stages of developing a formal plan, so the projects and actions will still be subject to the Council Budget process.

“We have some great ideas that we think will have a direct impact on the vibrancy and activity happening in our city centre and residents will start to see some of these come to fruition in the near future.”

Short term options include:

  • Installing a ‘pop up park’ to create more shade and colour in Hargreaves Mall
  • Hosting more events in the city centre, including using Hargreaves Mall for more markets
  • Repurposing the current toilets structures in the mall for pop-up stores
  • Investigating ways to improve the water play area for children
  • Looking at improving the public transport waiting area on Mitchell Street
  • Working with Myer to rejuvenate their store
  • Developing an investment prospectus with landlords to improve take-up rates of vacant shops

Medium term options include:

  • Improving toilet facilities (moving toilets to a new location within the city centre)
  • Investigating connecting existing laneways around the city centre, to create more character and places to hold events
  • Supporting the building owners to restore heritage façades
  • Working with a range of developers on residential and commercial developments in the city centre

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