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Have your say on Northern Streetscapes Designs

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Friday, 12 November 2021 - 9:00am
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Golden Plains Shire Council is seeking feedback on the concept designs for the Northern Streetscapes Project to improve the main streetscapes of Smythesdale, Scarsdale and Linton.

Following community consultation on the Northern Streetscapes Project earlier this year, Council has developed the Draft Streetscape Framework Plan which includes concept designs for the streetscapes of Smythesdale, Scarsdale and Linton.

The concept designs are based on six pillars from themes highlighted by the community: road function, parking, pedestrian safety and access, street trees and furniture, place marking and character, and maintenance.

A broad range of upgrades are proposed in the draft designs, alongside a number of smaller scale changes for the streetscapes of each township. Potential upgrades and changes highlighted in the concept designs include increasing accessible street crossing areas, modification of parking arrangements, installation of public art features and town banners, street tree succession planning, planting of additional roadside vegetation and road safety improvements.

The Northern Streetscapes Project will deliver beautification upgrades to enhance the character of the three town centres that form the northern corridor of Golden Plains Shire along the Glenelg Highway, popular with residents and visitors travelling in and out of Ballarat.

The survey is open from Thursday 11 November to Tuesday 14 December and can be completed online at Council’s Have Your Say page. Paper copies are also available at Council’s Customer Service Centres, 2 Pope Street, Bannockburn or The Well, 19 Heales Street, Smythesdale. Completed paper surveys may be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to: Golden Plains Shire Council, PO Box 111, Bannockburn, VIC, 3331, marked ‘Attention: Northern Streetscapes Project’.

On Saturday 27 November, stop by an in-person engagement session at the Scarsdale General Store from 9am to 10am; The Well in Smythesdale from 10.30am to 11.30am; and the Linton Shire Hall from 12 to 1pm to talk about the draft designs for the Northern Streetscapes Project.

Council has secured a $650,000 funding commitment from the Berrybank Wind Farm for the first stage of the Northern Streetscapes Project with works to begin in late 2021.

Mayor Cr Helena Kirby encouraged residents to have their say on the concept designs.

“Council is very pleased to deliver the Northern Streetscapes Project and we thank the communities in Smythesdale, Scarsdale and Linton for their input during the first round of engagement earlier this year. We’re now looking forward to hearing feedback from those communities on the concept designs for the upgraded streetscapes.

“This is an exciting project that will beautify the streetscapes of three of our northern townships, and we are pleased to be working closely with the communities in these townships to ensure the streetscape upgrades make the greatest improvement for local residents and visitors.”

For more information on the Northern Streetscapes Project, visit

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Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.