Monday, March 19, 2018

New efforts to improve CBD safety, design, function

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SIGNED OFF…  A steel structure and sign in Shepparton’s Maude Street Mall will be removed by the end of June. Photo: Alicia Zeqir.

‘Outdated’ infrastructure removal

By Nadia Surace
Greater Shepparton City Council last week announced removal of one of Maude Street Mall’s central shade structures and signage.
The steel structure at the north end of the mall which has been deemed to serve no real purpose by Council’s Recreation and Parks Manager, Brendan Gosstray, will be demolished by the end of June and an ‘outdated’ sign removed.
“The structure, unlike the pergola next to it, provides little protection in terms of shade or protection from the elements because it is so high and allows wind and rain to pass through it,” Mr Gosstray said.
“The roofing material is also in very poor condition and provides limited shade during summer.”
Mayor Geoff Dobson said the works come after recommendations made in Council’s Shepparton CBD Strategy to improve design, function and safety in the mall.

SEEKING SUGGESTIONS… City of Greater Shepparton Mayor, Geoff Dobson heard student suggestions of improving public safety in Shepparton’s Maude Street Mall at Mooroopna High School last week. Photo: Alicia Zeqir.

Mayor hears student suggestions

AFTER ongoing calls to resolve antisocial teen behaviour and improve safety in Shepparton’s Maude Street Mall, City of Greater Shepparton Mayor, Geoff Dobson has taken to schools to gather student suggestions on the issue.
Cr Dobson, Council Youth Development Officer, Amy Jones and Word and Mouth representatives will conclude the visits to tertiary institutions and secondary schools in the region this week asking for ideas on how to create a more positive environment for local community.
“They (students) are expressing a range of opinions about perceptions of community safety, how the general community views young people and what can be done to turn those negative perceptions around,” Cr Dobson said.
“I’ve been very impressed by their energy and ideas, which really do highlight just how passionate young people are about creating safe, welcoming and vibrant communities.”
Information gathered from the meetings will be compiled into a report to be presented to Council for consideration within two-weeks.