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Community encouraged to provide feedback on CBD Revitalisation

Community encouraged to provide feedback on CBD Revitalisation

Council is calling for feedback on the proposed $4.6 million redevelopment of the Beardy Street Mall, with the opening of a CBD Engagement Centre where the community can view preliminary plans and have its say on the revitalisation of Armidale’s retail heart.

Armidale Regional Council Mayor Simon Murray said the proposed redevelopment of the central mall would focus on delivering a vibrant CBD where locals and tourists wanted to be.  

“This development will benefit traders, property owners, shoppers and tourist operators,” he said.

The proposed upgrade includes smart lighting, WiFi, CCTV, a multipurpose stage, landscaping and outdoor furniture. 

Cr Murray said that preliminary plans were conceptual only and Council will be flexible with the redevelopment, based on the majority of community feedback. 

“This is the beginning of an extensive engagement process involving the community,” he said.

“We are committed to listening to people’s views and considering all feedback on this landmark project.  It is important to develop a plan which has community support.  Council recognises that the plan needs to have ownership of the community.”

Council is working to transform the Armidale region into a vibrant and nationally significant regional centre which is a great place to live. The CBD revitalisation is part of this as well as the many other projects we are pursuing including the airport expansion, Malpas Dam to Guyra Pipeline, new regional landfill, UNE’s Bellevue Stadium, the Dumaresq Dam Recreation Area, Guyra main street upgrade, renewable energy and continued growth of horticultural and agriculture economics in Guyra.  

There is currently an opportunity to secure some funding to assist with our CBD revitalisation.  Armidale Regional Council has applied for a $3.3 million grant from the NSW Government and will contribute an additional $1.4 million towards the proposed redevelopment.

Community feedback on the redevelopment at this early stage has focused on whether or not to open the mall for vehicles, enhancing street heritage and options for the stage to enable more live music. The proposed stage will provide the opportunity for more cultural activities in the centre of the city, such as live music concerts throughout the day and in the evening, along with plays and other performances.

The reconciliation fountain is another important consideration, with the Mayor committed to discussions with Traditional Owners before any decisions are made. 

Mayor Murray said: “Our region has an exciting future and our city centre is an important part of creating a vibrant and liveable place. We’re encouraging community feedback on all aspects of this project. This is the start of a conversation about the next steps for a reinvigorated CBD. We look forward to working with the community to create a vibrant space for Armidale and deliver a lasting legacy for our great city.”

The council engagement centre will be open from 14 December 2017 until 16 February 2018 and will be staffed from 10am – 3pm Monday to Friday.  The engagement centre is located at the entrance to the arcade that runs from the mall to Moore Street opposite the Tattersalls Hotel.

Further information, including detailed concept drawings and a feedback form are also available online at yoursay.armidale.nsw.gov.au

Submissions can also be mailed to Council, addressed to the CEO at 75A Armidale, NSW 2350 or emailed to council@armidale.nsw.gov.au

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