The Upper Hunter Shire Council is calling on you to tell us your ideas for revitalising your Town Centre. Each major town in the Upper Hunter Shire is getting a Town Centre Revitalisation masterplan and Council needs your help to tell us what Scone, Aberdeen, Merriwa and Murrurundi should look like in the future.
The Masterplans will provide a framework that encourages investment, provides direction for Council infrastructure and supports the revitalisation of the town centres. Council is keen for the local community to be involved, so that the plan reflects a unified interest and vision for each town.
There are lots of ways for you to share your ideas and join the conversation. Participate in person at your local drop-in session, pre-register for the stakeholder workshop or share your feedback online. These workshops will be facilitated by urban designers from the firm Studio GL and will present different activities and ways to participate.
For the community drop-in session, community members can drop in any time within the allocated hours. For those of you who would like to participate in the stakeholder workshop, please register at least two days prior to the workshop by emailing Sean Constable at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02 6540 1135.
Everyone is welcome to register for the stakeholder workshop and no experience is necessary – just bring your enthusiasm and creativity!
For the first stage of community engagement here are the details:
- Sat, 24 Oct from 9.00am to 11.00am Community drop-in session at Coles carpark
- Wed, 28 Oct from 5.30pm to 7.30pm Stakeholder Workshop at Council Chambers
- Fri, 23 Oct from 2.00pm to 4.00pm Community drop-in session outside Merriwa Pharmacy
- Tue, 27 Oct from 5.30pm to 7.00pm Stakeholder Workshop at Merriwa Sports Club
- Thu, 22 Oct from 3.00pm to 4.30pm Community drop-in session at Aberdeen Marketplace
- Thu, 22 Oct from 5.30pm to 7.30pm Stakeholder Workshop at Aberdeen Community Hall
- Thu, 29 Oct from 5.30pm to 7.30pm Stakeholder workshop at Murrurundi RSL Hall
- Sat, 31 Oct from 8.30am to 10.30am Community drop-in session outside Dooley’s Store
We also understand that people are busy and can’t always come along in person to provide their feedback, so Council is using an online interactive mapping tool called Social Pinpoint to give people an alternate method for providing their comments.
This innovative tool allows participants to mark different sites on the map and share exactly what they think about the key areas of the town centres. So, if there were an intersection that could use a pedestrian crossing or a missed opportunity for enjoying the spectacular scenery, we would love to know about it!
It’s simple to use and easy to access from anywhere at any time! The mapping tool for Stage 1 of the Planning process will be active between Tuesday, 13 Oct and Monday, 9 Nov.
To access the page visit the Upper Hunter Shire Council’s website under ‘Do It Online’ then ‘Say It’
All the feedback collected from the Stage 1 community engagement will inform the design process of providing options for the future of the region. These will be presented in similar community engagement sessions for Stage 2.
The revitalisation strategy will address the social, economic and environmental aspects of the Upper Hunter Town Centres with the aim of producing Masterplans that help realise the Upper Hunter vision of providing a quality rural lifestyle in a vibrant, caring and sustainable community.
Wayne Bedggood – MAYOR
Caption: Town Centre Revitalisation plans are being developed for Aberdeen, Scone, Merriwa and Murrurundi which will include sketches of potential improvements.