“Fun, funky and fabulous”. That is how the City of Victor Harbor’s Mainstreet Precinct was described when it took out the award for best public space and streetscape design at the Mainstreet SA Awards this month.
Stage 1 of the Victor Harbor Mainstreet Precinct project was completed last September at a cost of approximately $975,000, following four years of planning, consultation and design.
It has transformed the heart of Victor Harbor’s town centre into a public space, which builds on the seaside town character and historical connections.
With a focus on functionality, accessibility, place and innovation, the design was inspired by the Southern Right Whale and includes the creative use of paving, landscaping, drainage, art, lighting and furniture.
Implementation of the design delivers an adaptive, inspiring streetscape that encourages both congregation and safer access for all. The digital art component of the project was highly praised by the judges and a factor that set Victor Harbor’s entry apart from other competitors.
City of Victor Harbor’s Director of Planning and Regulatory Services Graham Pathuis said the project was deserving of state-wide recognition.
“Stage 1 of the Victor Harbor Mainstreet Precinct project has transformed the heart of Victor Harbor into a bold, pedestrian oriented place that encourages people to engage with the town centre,” he said.
“This award is testament to the outstanding collaboration between council, SA Government, WAX Design, Outside Ideas, mainstreet traders and the Victor Harbor community.”
The City of Victor Harbor was also inducted into the Mainstreet SA hall of fame after receiving the title of South Australia’s best regional mainstreet twice.
City of Victor Harbor mayor Graham Philp said council made a commitment to renew the streetscape.
“We have initiatives to support traders, including resourcing a mainstreet co-ordinator, providing a façade grant program for building owners, increasing our arts focus and encouraging trader led initiatives.”
Planning is underway for Stage 2 of the Victor Harbor Mainstreet Precinct project with detailed design work currently being undertaken.