Inspire : Public Works Jan Feb 2013
COVER STORY 22 Public Works Professional February 2013 COVER STORY "The trial was so successful and received a signifcant amount of positive feedback from the media, community and local businesses that the Gold Coast City Council has implemented the painting of more than 140 traffc signal boxes across the city," says Watt. The ultimate aim of ArtBox is to cut graffti incidence and costs to the city. "The project has reduced graffti removal costs for the city, which is currently in excess of $1 million per annum," advises Watt. ArtBoxes have cut graffti on traffc signal boxes by 80 per cent, with undecorated boxes three times more likely to be vandalised. LIFE'S A BEACH In early 2012, the Cronulla Esplanade and seawall were in need of an upgrade. "The old structure had reached the end of its useful life," explains Mario Sherrie, the Manager of Infrastr ucture Planning and Ser vices at Sutherland Shire Council. "The Esplanade was looking rather tired and dilapidated." After about a century of use, the old wall had eroded and the concrete paving of the Esplanade had been disturbed by trenching for utility ser vice works and then patched using both concrete and asphalt. The aim was to reinvigorate the area while maintaining its general look and feel. Andrew Urio is the designer and landscape architect for the project. "We didn't want people missing the old," he says. "We wanted to maintain a connection with what was there and to respect people’s affnity with the space. We're modernising it, but not changing the feel." Harald Str utzenberger, a landscape architect, is the project manager. Two design landscape architects, a civil designer, str uctural designer and structural consultants are also involved in the project, which is still underway. Before starting the project, council staff inter viewed the general public about the proposed development. "Everyone was receptive to the area being improved and the provision of more leisure and seating areas," says Sherrie. The council has kept the public abreast of the project by displaying information posters at the construction site. The council was mindful that the area still needed to be used by the general public during construction. There are a number of businesses along the Esplanade, but Strutzenberger says they're aware the "long-term gains will outweigh the short-term pain". The Cronulla Esplanade and seawall upgrade is estimated to cost between $3-4 million. "Our council is fortunate in that we have access to signifcant Section 94 funds collected from property developers for the provision and upgrade of community infrastructure," says Sherrie. The council also secured state government grants totalling $900,000 for the Cronulla Esplanade and seawall upgrade. The key is to have the right project. "This area [the Cronulla Esplanade and seawall] is the jewel in the crown as far as Sutherland is concerned, so everyone is happy to see it improved," says Urio. "It's important to remember that if you produce a good project, council will receive a favourable response from the public and other projects are likely to follow." @ By adding art to infrastructure such as tra c signal boxes, Gold Coast City hopes to reduce the cost of removing gra ti. If you produce a good project, council will receive a favourable response from the public and other projects are likely to follow.
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