Less parking, removal of the rotunda and re-location of historic horse trough in Victor Harbor Stage 5 design

MOVING ONTO STAGE 5: City of Victor Harbor CEO Victoria MacKirdy during Stage 2 of the Mainstreet Precinct Upgrade. Discussions for the design of Stage 5 have started.
MOVING ONTO STAGE 5: City of Victor Harbor CEO Victoria MacKirdy during Stage 2 of the Mainstreet Precinct Upgrade. Discussions for the design of Stage 5 have started.

The City of Victor Harbor Council has been progressively delivering the Victor Harbor Mainstreet Precinct Master Plan since 2016, with Stages 1 and 2 complete and Stage 3 construction now underway.

The Master Plan sets out a vision for a revitalised Mainstreet Precinct that celebrates the town's character, encourages more activity and improves links with other areas of the town centre.

The Master Plan will be delivered in six stages.

City of Victor Harbor CEO Victoria MacKirdy said the first two stages were well received by the community, with hundreds coming out to celebrate at street parties held to celebrate the completion of works.

"The council is currently undertaking Stage 3 of the Mainstreet Upgrade which will see the transformation of Coral Street from the Ocean Street intersection right down to the foreshore on Flinders Parade. Works for this stage are expected to be complete in September 2020," Ms MacKirdy said.

In delivering the Victor Harbor Mainstreet Precinct Master Plan, the council has been able to secure significant grant funding through the SA Government's Places for People Grant Program to assist with 50 per cent of construction costs so far.

"In working towards the delivery of the remaining stages, our approach remains the same, preparing the stages to a shovel ready status that enables us to capitalise on grant funding opportunities as they become available," Ms MacKirdy said.

"Stage 4, which includes the southern end of Ocean Street and Albert Place, is shovel ready and the council is working to secure funding for the delivery of this project.

Council is now moving forward to the Stage 5 design of the Mainstreet Precinct Master Plan. Landscape architectural consultancy Oxigen, has presented an update on the Mainstreet Stage 5 design at an informal gathering of the City Activation and Strategic Policy Advisory Committee in May.

Oxigen is contracted to deliver the designs for Stages 4 to 6 at a cost of $352,100. The project will span over two financial years, 2019/20 and 2020/21.

The presentation covered some suggested high level urban design principles for consideration, covering such topics as pedestrian pathways around the perimeter of Grosvenor Gardens, removal of car parking spaces in Coral Street, Stuart Street and Torrens Street (55 to 32), removal of the rotunda, relocation of the historic horse trough, internal pathways re-alignment, Torrens Road pedestrian crossing re-location, Stuart Street electric car charger re-location, Stuart Street bus stop re-location, pedestrian connections to/from the Coral Street Arts and Cultural Centre, walkway through the Telstra site, community events, arborist assessment of existing trees within the Grosvenor Gardens, Farmers Markets - existing and future needs, road intersection treatments, landscaping, grass and earth mounding, proposed new arbour structure and disability car parking spaces.

The project team, led by Oxigen, is seeking high level urban design principles and direction from council to enable it to proceed further in creating an initial concept plan. City of Victor Harbor elected members are backing the process.

The concept plan will be presented for council's future consideration, before seeking key stakeholder and community consultation.

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