Inspire : Public Works Sept Oct 2014
28 Public Works Professional September-October 2014 A sur vey was mailed to 4300 residents, tenants and absentee property owners within 250m of the junction. Infor mation was available at the council offce and online, and promoted through traditional and social media. Then in April, a community consultation session was held in the completed Market Laneway with atmosphere provided by a jazz trio and colourful buntings showcasing pedestrian suggestions. The council collected approximately 450 responses from its efforts. While some ideas were outlandish, such as installing a climbing wall or a regular petting zoo, many liked the idea of public art and plants in laneways. Some suggested amenities such as seating, lighting and weather protection could be improved, and others supported active community events, youth activities and opportunities for local businesses. TESTING GROUND The Market Lane pilot project helped the Boroondara Council understand some of the issues associated with laneway improvements, according to Williams. With positive community feedback and excitement around subsequent laneway ideas, the council is now looking at a strategy considering laneways across the municipality. "We've only just started looking at the other major centres, so we haven't calculated the number of existing lanes -- but surprisingly, Camberwell itself had more than 50," she says. "We're not going to be able to do something in all those lanes, but we'll look at prioritising them and focusing on key locations for future improvements.” ••• STREET FURNITURE DOITONOUR ONLINE FORUMS: Visit goo.gl/q1fFGU to discuss this article. MORE TO ADD? A survey was mailed to 4300 residents, tenants and absentee property owners within 250m of the junction. The consultation in progress with mural painting and music by the KB Kings jazz trio.
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