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Shared space to transform Cardiff’s town centre


Concept design shows Veronica Place from above

Part of Cardiff’s town centre will be transformed into a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly space as part of a pilot program run in partnership with the NSW Government.

 

Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Integrated Planning Wes Hain said the proposed shared space at the end of Veronica Street, called Veronica Place, would beautify the streetscape and increase community engagement.


“We’re creating a vibrant and safe space where families, residents and workers can go to relax, eat, connect and entertain” Mr Hain said.

“We know that Cardiff has enormous potential and this is one way we can breathe new life into the area and support local businesses and the economy.”


The temporary installation will close part of Veronica Street to host bench and shaded seating, trees, pavement artwork and a stage – which Council will utilise by hosting three events at the site.


Veronica Place will run for four months from October 2022 to April 2023.


As part of the pilot program, Council will monitor usage and demand for the space to see if it should become a permanent fixture.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser encouraged the community to take advantage of the shared space, once operational.


“COVID-19 has been very isolating, so a space like this will encourage residents of all ages to reconnect and socialise with each other,” Cr Fraser said.


“It will have positive flow on effects for Cardiff businesses.”


Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport Rob Stokes said the NSW Government had invested $496,000 in the important pilot program.


“The Streets as Shared Spaces program is increasing foot traffic in communities around the state which supports the recovery of local businesses at a crucial time,” Mr Stokes said.

“We’re investing in Veronica Place to make it a better place for people.”

“This benefits local business by bringing the community together to enjoy the vibrancy Cardiff has to offer.”

Veronica Street will be closed at the intersection of Main Road at Cardiff.


More information can be found at shape.lakemac.com.au.



Concept design for Veronica Place, Cardiff

Veronica Street will be located at the end of Veronica Street


Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser at the site of Veronica Place in Cardiff

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