Project background

almost 3 years ago
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“Main streets are the focal points of our towns, villages and cities. They are the places where we meet friends, share lunch, spend time and shop. A town without a quality main street is missing out on the most fundamental of public spaces, and its residents forgo the social atmosphere of a thrumming communal space. There is a broad appeal to quality main streets, so it makes sense to invest in good ones” MRCagney, 2015

In spring 2015, the City of Hobart and a team of consultants undertook a program of community engagement to identify and prioritise streetscape upgrades for retail precincts across Hobart’s local areas. An innovative ‘tactical urbanism’ approach was employed. Pop-up style events were held in local areas, and communities were able to trial a range of temporary traffic interventions and streetscape improvements. Participants designed, organised, tested and proved their bold concepts, and the communities had a lot of fun in the process.

The Lenah Valley village community staged a highly successful event where a number of interventions were trialled. A master plan was then developed by the consultants which recommends the following improvements:

  • Increased footpath space on the southern side of Augusta Road to provide a people focussed space
  • High quality finishes
  • Introducing deciduous trees to the street where they can be achieved
  • Improved road crossings for pedestrians
  • Where possible make the addition of an accessible car parking space
  • New street furniture including bench seating
Read more about this process in the Hobart Local Retail Precincts Plan in the Related Documents Section.