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Maude Street Mall project hits key milestone

David Lee December 6, 2017

THE Shepparton Maude Street Mall Revitalisation project has hit a key milestone following the first stakeholder engagement workshop on at the end of November.

An initiative of Greater Shepparton City Council, the Maude Street Mall Revitalisation project seeks to inject life into the central Shepparton shopping precinct.

Engaged as lead consultant, Spiire Shepparton is working with prominent place transformation organisation ‘The Space Agency’ to ensure the Maude Street Mall revitalisation is a place that people connect with and provides benefit to the wider community.

Spiire Project Lead and Landscape architect, Lauren Gillard said, “We are inspired by how great city centres bring together communities of all ages, cultures and interests. We understand that when locals cherish their activated spaces, visitors follow.”

As part of the process, Spiire and The Space Agency hosted a stakeholder workshop with a variety of stakeholder groups from across Greater Shepparton.

The workshop sought to generate an engaging information gathering workshop which allowed for a wide-range of stakeholders to share their ideas on the current and future functionality of the Maude Street Mall as well as gain feedback on preliminary concepts.

The workshop saw three conceptual designs and a fourth short-term trial option presented to the group including the reintroduction of two-way traffic from Fryers to High Street, the development of additional car parking facilities with connecting one-way access from High and Fryers Streets exiting at Stewart Street, the retention of the mall as a pedestrianised public open space and introduction of urban design measures to increase amenity and usability of the precinct or for the short term development of additional parking facilities with connecting one-way traffic entering from Fryers Street and exiting into Stewart Street (this option shall be designed and costed as a trial with minimal infrastructure changes).

Greater Shepparton City Council Acting Director Sustainable Development, Colin Kalms said, “The workshop was a great opportunity to explore how the designs would maximise the economic, social and cultural value of the space.”

“The results from the workshop will be presented to the council and will contribute towards the ongoing development of the designs,” Mr Kalms said.