The plan for Victoria Square released yesterday shows how the full vision can begin through Council’s proposed $20m funding for the initial Victoria Square Masterplan works.
“Council has made a considerable commitment to the regeneration of Victoria Square,” Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood said.
“There will be key phases in the redevelopment, as there are in all major projects, but we shouldn’t underestimate the importance of getting started,” Stephen said
Council are proposing an allocation of $11.5m in 2012-13, and a further $8.5m in 2013-14, with construction starting as early as 2013.
“If the project funding is endorsed, we will start to see the Square become an accessible, lively and people-focused space for the whole city to enjoy,” Stephen said.
The Masterplan includes a number of exciting, community-focused elements such as a gentle-sloping lawn area to accommodate major events and recreational activities, with seating terraces, shaded walkways, landscaping and a water play feature.
A huge central plaza between Grote and Wakefield Streets could be closed during major events such as Tour Down Under.
The edges of the Square will be improved, creating a shared space for pedestrians and vehicles, space for outdoor dining and other activation opportunities such as mobile food vendors.
“Other features of the full Masterplan, including a tram line and road reconfiguration, the arbours, and southern garden will be considered as further funding becomes available – it’s a matter of when, not if,” Stephen said.
“Major city projects of this size and scale are often funded and delivered in stages, such as the redevelopment of North Terrace and the planned Rundle Mall upgrade. It’s a common approach and will enable the community to enjoy the Square as it goes through step-by-step changes.”
Councillor Natasha Malani is urging the community to consider the plan and provide feedback on the draft budget to the Council. “As we’re proposing to spend $20m on the Square over the next two years, Council wants to ensure that what it’s planning to deliver for the community is supported by the community,” Councillor Malani said.
Consultation on the 2012-13 draft Business Plan and Budget (including Council’s proposed allocation to Victoria Square) is open until 21 May via www.pictureadelaide.com.au, Council’s libraries and community centres or the Planning Lab adjacent to the Customer Centre at 25 Pirie Street.
For further information on the Victoria Square Masterplan and to view the draft $20m plan, visit http://www.adelaidecitycouncil.com/development/victoria-square-tarndanyangga/