Adelaide City Council has signed off on its business plan and budget for 2012-13, pushing ahead with an innovative agenda that will bring tangible changes to city streets.
Council’s key public realm priorities this year include starting the Rundle Mall Redevelopment project, allocating over $30 million over the next three years, as well as the historic agreement to begin Stage 1 of the Victoria Square / Tarndanyangga Upgrade, committing $24 million in funding over the next two financial years to transform the Square into an accessible, lively and people-focused space.
The 2012-13 budget will add to this momentum, with Council allocating significant funding for a range of other major projects and initiatives, including:
· Working collaboratively with the State Government and other partners on a range of major city projects such as Adelaide Oval, the Riverbank, West End place making and the new Royal Adelaide Hospital
· A new $1 million Activation Program, including Splash Adelaide and the Live Music Action Plan, to bring public spaces and laneways to life
· Encouraging more people to call Adelaide home through initiatives such as the Sturt Street Affordable Housing project and Drop Top Housing
· Inspiring people to be active by investing in recreation, sports, facilities and support programs
· Making Adelaide the city of festivals by increasing the number of events across the city and throughout the year
· Delivering a $2m Bicycle Action Plan including projects such as new bike lanes, extending the Park Lands trail and cycling network and investigating opportunities for permanent end-of-trip facilities
· Making the city safe and pleasant for pedestrians through the implementation of the Integrated Movement Strategy
· Promoting thriving art, culture and creative communications, including vibrant public and street art through funding, support and a dedicated Public Art Program
· Continuing to protect and improve our Park Lands, landscapes, streetscapes and gardens and developing and activating more community gardens
· Facilitating and fostering new investment and existing businesses including the delivery of a suite of training programs and events to support business capability and growth
Council will also deliver a range of environmental sustainability strategies through a $1.3 million Climate Change Action Initiatives Fund, which includes building the community’s ability to respond to climate change and increasing energy costs. Council will also continue to reduce its own energy use and maintaining its low level of carbon emissions.