In 1996 Golden Plains with Scenic Spectrums Pty Ltd developed the Town Place Plan for Bannockburn, Meredith, and Smythsedale for the Golden Plains Shire.
The central theme recommended for Meredith in this Plan is… ‘Arts and Music in the Country”.
- landscaping on the highway, Wilson and Staughton Streets
- promenade style streetlamps along the highway, but more artistic west end designed lamps in other places
- public toilets
- a deco style business precinct
- direction and historic interpretation signage
- rustic sculptures
- deco style designer bus stops
- enhances and formalised walking and car parking
This delightful document has been sitting on the Shire’s shelves worrying staff about how they might fund some of the upgrades you thought you needed at the time. And of course since then the population has grown, some people have moved on while others have moved in.
And all the while people have been talking about the importance of providing walkable communities.
You have a Community Plan from 2010 that prioritises implementation of the Town Place plan but with a few additional items, landscaping near the shops and community hub, footpaths as art, seating and tables, and generally a refresher of the Plan to make it current and a more modern response.
A summary of whats been done already is attached here.
During the year Council found out they had funds [$450,000 for Meredith] to make your streetscape redesign a reality.
And you are all older and wiser now, and like you say in the community plan, so some of those things you thought you wanted might no longer be your priorities.
The Shire has invited David Engwicht who wrote Mental Speed Bumps to Haddon to help you think about your priorities. He is working with Perry Mills and Carmel Boyce who you might have already met on other work around the Shire, and of course there you will already know Paul Ryan the Shire’s Community Projects Officer.
At 9.30 am on Saturday 17th of November 2012 in the Meredith Community Centre the Shire is putting on a walkshop for residents.
We’ve popped some more information on these links. Feel free to print and distribute them to anyone you think should attend as well. We’ve designed a few different ones to choose from
At this walkshop we expect you to set the agenda for a Plan to be delivered, and yes that does mean drafted, designed and even built, over the next year or so.
But as always there is a catch. We do expect you put your hands up for assisting in any way appropriate including being on a project reference group to ensure the Design addresses your needs. Why we will even feed you if you attend.
We know this is late notice and apologise, but its not every day someone so famous and skilled comes to town…