A new plan to make the popular inner city destination of Braddon more people friendly includes the creation of pocket gardens and parklets, increased street greening and new places to sit as well as wider-footpaths and new laneway connections through blocks.
City Renewal Authority chief executive officer Malcolm Snow said the plan would help improve Braddon’s public spaces to match the private development in the thriving area.
“It has grown from a semi-industrial area into a popular entertainment and retail district despite the quality of its public spaces rather than because of them,” he said.
Braddon’s population is also growing with more apartments being built in the area.
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He said the plan aimed to upgrade Braddon’s public spaces, including its streets and parks, to a standard that will help make the area even better for the people who use it.
The plan includes short, medium and long-term actions for government, businesses, landowners and the community to improve the experience of Braddon.
“These actions range from small, quick wins that we can get on with straightaway, including temporary improvements like pocket parks, pop-up play elements and increasing the amount of greenery at street level, as well as infrastructure upgrades like improved ambient lighting and new seating,” Mr Snow said.
“The plan also includes longer-term changes that will take time to implement, like widening the footpaths for more outdoor dining, installing cycle lanes and creating permanent green active-travel corridors.”
The Authority would also encourage better use of private land and the inclusion of public walkways and laneways to improve connectivity through the blocks.
The plan also includes the establishment of a “town team” made up of community members and the private sector to help deliver events, activities and small-scale physical improvements.
The Authority will host a public event on Thursday 31 January to discuss the place plan, with Town Team Movement representatives present to discuss how the model works.
Other short-term actions in the Braddon Place Plan include an annual program of events, pop-up play elements, a street music program, high-quality street art and a community gardening program.
Longer-term actions include creating a sense of arrival through signage and art installation, monthly markets for local producers and artists, an annual showcase event or street party and spaces for artists in new developments.
To see the Braddon Place Plan visit cityrenewalCBR.com.au