Kooyoo Street Set To Be Transformed With High Streets Grant
Monday, 24 May 2021Griffith City Council has been successful in obtaining a $1M grant through the NSW State Government’s ‘Your High Street Grant Program’, which will partly fund Stage 1 of the Kooyoo Street redevelopment, from Banna Avenue through to Banna Lane.
The Kooyoo Street Plaza project will enhance the link between Banna Avenue and Yambil Street within the Griffith CBD, creating a space that can be temporarily closed to become an urban plaza for cultural and art events, markets and holiday celebrations, with improvements to traffic, pedestrian, retail and outdoor eating amenity.
Chair of the CBD Working Group, Councillor John Dal Broi said the Working Group endorsed in principal the Kooyoo Street Draft Concept Plan and recommended that it be placed on public exhibition.
“The proposal would see the precinct redeveloped to see Kooyoo Street become more pedestrian centric, which will improve livability, health outcomes, social cohesion, and economic activity which all contributes to improving our City,” said Councillor Dal Broi.
“The proposed design will provide a shade canopy with trees, with no kerb & gutter in the north block and one way traffic from Banna Avenue to Banna Lane.
The speed limit will be reduced to 10 kph to encourage pedestrians to utilise the area and improve liveability, with the southern block will having kerb and gutter with two way traffic between Banna Lane and Yambil Street,” he added.
Kooyoo Street currently has 33 car parking spaces, including two disabled spaces, and the proposed plan will achieve approximately 28 spaces with two accessible spaces and 3 loading zone spaces, with parking reconfigured from 90 degrees to parallel.
Councillor Dal Broi said that while this is an impact on parking, the benefits will far outweigh any reductions.
“We can see through Street Scapes Griffith the benefits of having Kooyoo Street used as a local meeting space – it has become activated through a variety of events and café options which has seen the once dreary and underutilised space become vibrant and exciting,” said Councillor Dal Broi.
“By redeveloping Kooyoo Street permanently, we will be able to host more events into the future which will have a positive impact on residents, visitors, and business operators in the CBD.
“Provisions will be put in place for power for kiosks, food vans, vendors, along with smart lighting, a WiFi connection and furniture to charge phones – we are looking at as many ways as possible to make this a usable and well thought out space now and into the future,” he said.
Council considered the proposal at the Ordinary Meeting of Council held Tuesday 25 May, and is now seeking community comment and feedback.
“It is important that we get this project right and to do that, we need feedback from you – I would encourage you to take the time to review the documents which are available on the Council and submit your feedback and/or ideas prior to Friday 25 June 2021,” added Councillor Dal Broi.
You can view the Kooyoo Street Redevelopment proposal at www.griffith.nsw.gov.au/om-exhibition
Feedback can be submitted online through the website, via email at email@example.com or in writing addressed to The General Manager, Griffith City Council, PO Box 485 Griffith NSW 2680. Submissions close 4pm Friday 25 June 2021.
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