April 2023 Update: the Coranto Street shared space pilot has now ended and the infrastructure is being removed.
January 2023 Update: This project, under the delegation of the General Manager, will be extended to June 2023. With COVID-19 still in the community, it has been extended to allow people to sit outside in a socially distanced setting. Likewise, Council received minimal feedback to the trial and will undertake additional consultation to canvas community sentiment. We commit to improving signage and are planning to activate the Coranto Street space in the evening. We are interested in hearing from local businesses and/or food trucks for food pop-ups over the next 6 months. To review the background on the project, below you will find the Council Meeting minutes from 2021 that outline the process in detail.
As part of the Vibrant Villages Recovery program to support our local businesses and community to bounce back from the impacts of COVID-19, Council consulted the community about establishing temporary shared spaces across the City to enable adjacent businesses to increase on street dining or hold small pop-up events.
Community feedback received in November 2021 supported the establishment of a temporary shared space in Coranto Street, Wareemba and Currawong Lane car park, Concord. These spaces were selected and established in March 2022, and the trial was due to end in January 2023, however it has been extended until June 2023 for the above reasons.
Current Shared Spaces
Please see below, photo's of our current Temporary shared spaces in Coranto Street Wareemba (left), and Currawong Lane Car Park Concord (right).
Council Meeting Docs
In 2021, Council launched the Vibrant Villages Recovery Program to support our local businesses and community to bounce back from the impacts of COVID-19.
This program aims to:
- Improve the attractiveness of local centres for visitors
- Support local business to adapt and enhance their trading
- Create more active and lively centres.
As part of this program we are exploring the possibility of establishing temporary shared spaces across the City which will enable businesses to increase their on street dining or run pop-up promotions or events. These temporary shared spaces will only go ahead with significant support from adjacent local businesses, residents and the wider community and will be in place for a maximum of 6 months from December 2021 to May 2022.
The following 6 locations have been put forward as potential sites for these shared spaces as they pose minimal impact to local parking conditions and traffic flow, whilst providing sufficient opportunity for adjacent businesses:
- Currawong Lane Car Park, Concord
- Clermont Avenue and Concord Road, Concord
- Altona Street and Great North Road, Abbotsford (Note: feedback from residents and businesses received to date has not been in favour of this shared space)
- Coranto Street and Great North Road, Wareemba
- McDonald Street and Tennyson Road, Mortlake
- Edwin Street and Tennyson Road, Mortlake.
The proposed spaces at Clermont Avenue and McDonald Street will require temporary changes to traffic conditions which will be subject to approval from Transport for NSW.
Shared Spaces Selected - March 2022
Thank you to all residents and businesses who have provided feedback on the initial temporary shared space consultation. We have examined your feedback thoroughly and have come to the decision that we will be establishing 2 shared spaces in the following locations:
- Currawong Lane Car Park, Concord
- Coranto Street, Wareemba