Create- Bellingen Town Centre Beautification

Artists Impression Church Street corner

Council has been progressing the construction planning for the first two stages of the Bellingen Main Street Plan which includes the upgrade of the intersections at Hyde and Oak Streets and Hyde and Church Streets.

This plan builds on previous work including the Bellingen CBD Study (April 2002) which recommended the progressive culling of the Camphor Laurels in Church Street. This was revisited in the Church Street North Revitalisation Report (September 2010) which was brought to life by the ugrade of Church Street Stage 1 in 2011.


Council has been progressing the construction planning for the first two stages of the Bellingen Main Street Plan which includes the upgrade of the intersections at Hyde and Oak Streets and Hyde and Church Streets.

This plan builds on previous work including the Bellingen CBD Study (April 2002) which recommended the progressive culling of the Camphor Laurels in Church Street. This was revisited in the Church Street North Revitalisation Report (September 2010) which was brought to life by the ugrade of Church Street Stage 1 in 2011.


  • Main Street Beautification - Update 5 October

    16 days ago

    Work on the town beautification project is full steam ahead with significant milestones about to be realised. Walls have started to be installed in Oak Street, on the Court House corner of Church Street and out the front of the Green Grocer. Finalisation of concrete honing is also about to occur in Oak Street.

    Demolition work will commence next Monday on the corner of Church and Hyde Streets outside Cardow’s Real Estate with night works likely to take place on Thursday night. Concrete is also scheduled to be poured on Thursday night out the front of the Hyde Café.

    Future... Continue reading

    Work on the town beautification project is full steam ahead with significant milestones about to be realised. Walls have started to be installed in Oak Street, on the Court House corner of Church Street and out the front of the Green Grocer. Finalisation of concrete honing is also about to occur in Oak Street.

    Demolition work will commence next Monday on the corner of Church and Hyde Streets outside Cardow’s Real Estate with night works likely to take place on Thursday night. Concrete is also scheduled to be poured on Thursday night out the front of the Hyde Café.

    Future works will include the removal of the stumps in Church Street on the Cardow Real Estate side as well as the installation of cobles in Oak Street. These works are currently scheduled to take place the week commencing 16 October.


  • Help Council Create a Unique Church Street Cafe Precinct

    about 1 month ago

    What would you like the Church Street café precinct to look like?

    Council is currently seeking external funds to refresh and refurbish the café precinct in Church Street and wants to hear from you!

    Great streets move beyond roads and footpaths to become experiences. As the Main Street Beautification Project progresses further, Council wants to ensure that Church Street café precinct becomes an area that promotes people’s happiness, health and wellbeing. Council is therefore asking the community to share ideas that go beyond the pavement.

    Two proposals have been uploaded onto the Create website including plans and concept designs outlining... Continue reading

    What would you like the Church Street café precinct to look like?

    Council is currently seeking external funds to refresh and refurbish the café precinct in Church Street and wants to hear from you!

    Great streets move beyond roads and footpaths to become experiences. As the Main Street Beautification Project progresses further, Council wants to ensure that Church Street café precinct becomes an area that promotes people’s happiness, health and wellbeing. Council is therefore asking the community to share ideas that go beyond the pavement.

    Two proposals have been uploaded onto the Create website including plans and concept designs outlining a potential look and feel for the Church Street café precinct. One of the proposals includes a playground and Council would like to understand if this is something that meets the needs and aspirations of the community. Council recognises that the Church Street café precinct is a very popular area and is therefore seeking feedback that will contribute towards the decision making process.

    Please view our Church Street videos on the right (password is LA3) and also complete our survey by clicking on the link below:

    Church Street Playground Survey

  • An Update on Church, Hyde & Oak Street

    about 1 month ago

    Council is continuing to progress the town beautification project. Work on the south corner of Hyde and Church Streets will commence on Monday 11 September. This will include placing electrical conduits in the ground and undertaking kerb and footpath works out the front of the Green Grocer.

    Once these works are completed, demolition works will commence at the bus stop and around the corner into Hyde Street. This may mean some work will be undertaken on Sunday 17 September so to limit the disruption of services. The Hyde Bellingen Café will only have one access during the... Continue reading

    Council is continuing to progress the town beautification project. Work on the south corner of Hyde and Church Streets will commence on Monday 11 September. This will include placing electrical conduits in the ground and undertaking kerb and footpath works out the front of the Green Grocer.

    Once these works are completed, demolition works will commence at the bus stop and around the corner into Hyde Street. This may mean some work will be undertaken on Sunday 17 September so to limit the disruption of services. The Hyde Bellingen Café will only have one access during the works. In the interests of public safety, Council asks that the community adhere to traffic control teams during this time.

    With regards to Oak Street, work is proceeding as planned with the area around the cenotaph expected to be completed before Remembrance Day so celebrations can take place in the new public space. Council has been working with the Bellinger River RSL Sub Branch regarding the ongoing works.

    In the next couple of weeks, Council will also be seeking community feedback regarding the installation of a playground in the Church Street precinct. Concept designs, plans and a virtual presentation will be made available with a short survey used to gauge community needs and aspirations for the Church Street precinct.


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  • Town Centre Beautification Works - Church and Hyde Streets

    about 2 months ago

    With the foundation work in Oak Street and in the front of the Purple Carrot complete, the focus will again return to the eastern end of Waterfall Way / Hyde Street and Church Street.

    Work to upgrade the existing water main is expected to commence in Hyde Street on Monday 28 August and take approximately 10 days to complete. Work will take place from outside the Windsong Travel Agent extending to the front of the Chilli Affair Restaurant. While every effort will be made to reduce the impact to residents and businesses from this work, there will be some interruption... Continue reading

    With the foundation work in Oak Street and in the front of the Purple Carrot complete, the focus will again return to the eastern end of Waterfall Way / Hyde Street and Church Street.

    Work to upgrade the existing water main is expected to commence in Hyde Street on Monday 28 August and take approximately 10 days to complete. Work will take place from outside the Windsong Travel Agent extending to the front of the Chilli Affair Restaurant. While every effort will be made to reduce the impact to residents and businesses from this work, there will be some interruption to water services at night during the final cut over. The work to cut over individual services is expected to take approximately two hours. Council will liaise with businesses and residents likely to be impacted by these works.

    Pavement and kerb and gutter work is also scheduled to commence on the corner of Hyde and Church streets (in front of the Court House) on 28 August. Work will then transfer to the opposite corner of Hyde and Church streets (in front of the Bellingen Green Grocer), on 4 September, weather dependent.

    A plan showing the Church Street Construction Staging is shown on the reverse side of this letter.

    All work will require traffic control with partial road closures in place. The community is urged to take care while work is underway and follow the directions of the traffic control teams.

    Council will continue to liaise with affected businesses and the Bellingen Chamber of Commerce as the project progresses.


  • New Main Street trees will provide an abundance of shade.

    2 months ago

    A new video has been added to the Bellingen Town Centre Beautification project video library which shows how the new trees will provide more and more shade as they grow. The beginning of the video is when the trees are still young, but as it progresses it shows how they will provide more and more shade as they grow.

    A new video has been added to the Bellingen Town Centre Beautification project video library which shows how the new trees will provide more and more shade as they grow. The beginning of the video is when the trees are still young, but as it progresses it shows how they will provide more and more shade as they grow.

  • Tree Selection Finalised for Bellingen Town Centre

    3 months ago

    The tree selection for the Bellingen Town Centre Beautification Project has now been finalised.

    Council, at its July Ordinary Meeting, adopted the recommendations from the Street Tree Working Party that includes representatives from the local Garden Club, Chamber of Commerce, Councillors, an independent arborist, Gumbaynggirr elders and Council staff.

    The Weeping Lilly Pilly (Waterhousia Floribunda) will be the cornerstone tree to be planted at the intersection of Church and Hyde streets Bellingen.

    Other trees in the final selection include:

    • The Aniseed Tree (large tree selection)

    • The Native Frangipani, Lemon Scented Myrtle and the Dorrigo Waratah (medium tree selection)

    ... Continue reading

    The tree selection for the Bellingen Town Centre Beautification Project has now been finalised.

    Council, at its July Ordinary Meeting, adopted the recommendations from the Street Tree Working Party that includes representatives from the local Garden Club, Chamber of Commerce, Councillors, an independent arborist, Gumbaynggirr elders and Council staff.

    The Weeping Lilly Pilly (Waterhousia Floribunda) will be the cornerstone tree to be planted at the intersection of Church and Hyde streets Bellingen.

    Other trees in the final selection include:

    • The Aniseed Tree (large tree selection)

    • The Native Frangipani, Lemon Scented Myrtle and the Dorrigo Waratah (medium tree selection)

    • The Willow Bottle Brush and the Weeping Willow (small tree selection)

    A report to Council in June also saw the Firewheel tree remain as part of the plantings for Oak Street and the Cenotaph. This was done to ensure the existing heritage avenue of trees was maintained.


  • Initial Oak Street paving works have been completed

    3 months ago

    Works to upgrade the town centre are quickly taking shape with the initial paving works on the corner of Oak Street in front of the National Australia Bank now completed.

    Preparation works have also commenced at the cenotaph that will see new gardens and pedestrian refuges installed. Once completed, pedestrian sight and safety will be significantly improved with greater visibility of oncoming traffic when crossing the road.

    Works to improve the footpath, kerb and guttering out the front of the Purple Carrot and down to the Bellingen Bottle Shop are also due to commence this week. This will mean changes... Continue reading

    Works to upgrade the town centre are quickly taking shape with the initial paving works on the corner of Oak Street in front of the National Australia Bank now completed.

    Preparation works have also commenced at the cenotaph that will see new gardens and pedestrian refuges installed. Once completed, pedestrian sight and safety will be significantly improved with greater visibility of oncoming traffic when crossing the road.

    Works to improve the footpath, kerb and guttering out the front of the Purple Carrot and down to the Bellingen Bottle Shop are also due to commence this week. This will mean changes to pedestrian access as well as the closure of the eastbound lane on Waterfall Way (see document library for parking restrictions diagram).

    Council will continue to provide updates on the progress of the town beautification project as work continues.


  • Accessible Play Space Option

    3 months ago

    Council representatives recently met with a group of residents who have formed a Playground Working Group. The Group approached Council to progress discussions about opportunities to improve playgrounds across the shire.

    The Group has requested that Council consider the inclusion of accessible play space as an option within the Bellingen Town Centre Beautification Project.

    Preliminary concept drawings have been developed following discussions with the Playground Working Group, these are available in the document library.

    Council’s current and funded program of works includes the Church Street/Waterfall Way intersection as well as the upgrade of the Oak Street intersection. Planning for reconstruction... Continue reading

    Council representatives recently met with a group of residents who have formed a Playground Working Group. The Group approached Council to progress discussions about opportunities to improve playgrounds across the shire.

    The Group has requested that Council consider the inclusion of accessible play space as an option within the Bellingen Town Centre Beautification Project.

    Preliminary concept drawings have been developed following discussions with the Playground Working Group, these are available in the document library.

    Council’s current and funded program of works includes the Church Street/Waterfall Way intersection as well as the upgrade of the Oak Street intersection. Planning for reconstruction of the Church Street northern precinct beyond the intersection, including detailed survey and design is anticipated to commence in the first half of the 2017/18 Financial Year.

    As part of this design preparation process for the Church Street north precinct there will be opportunities for community input through the Create Community Engagement Hub together with Council’s normal public exhibition process.


  • Changed Traffic Conditions

    4 months ago

    Changed Traffic Conditions : Works at the intersection of Oak Street and Waterfall Way

    Tuesday 11 July: Alternate closure of lanes on Oak Street to facilitate completion of pavement works near National Australia Bank and digging trenches and footings fronting the Anglican Church.

    The Slip lane adjacent to National Australia Bank will remain closed for safety reasons.

    Access to Oak Street will continue to be gained via Hyde Street, west of the Cenotaph whilst the slip lane is closed.

    This area will be a 40kph work site and maintained under traffic control. Pedestrians and motorists are requested to exercise... Continue reading

    Changed Traffic Conditions : Works at the intersection of Oak Street and Waterfall Way

    Tuesday 11 July: Alternate closure of lanes on Oak Street to facilitate completion of pavement works near National Australia Bank and digging trenches and footings fronting the Anglican Church.

    The Slip lane adjacent to National Australia Bank will remain closed for safety reasons.

    Access to Oak Street will continue to be gained via Hyde Street, west of the Cenotaph whilst the slip lane is closed.

    This area will be a 40kph work site and maintained under traffic control. Pedestrians and motorists are requested to exercise care in this vicinity.

    Refer to Council’s Weekly Works Schedule at: www.bellingen.nsw.gov.au/weekly-works-schedule


  • Continuation of the Bellingen Town Centre Beautification Project

    4 months ago

    The Bellingen Town Centre Beautification Project has been jointly funded by Council and the NSW Roads and Maritime Services.

    The next two stages of the town centre beautification will deliver much needed amenities, aesthetics and improvement to infrastructure.

    The next stage at the junction of Oak Street and Hyde Street will create a landscaped island around the cenotaph enhancing the space for ANZAC ceremonies as well as providing a community space.

    The upgrading of footpaths and improvements to pedestrian access will also include reducing the width of road pedestrians have to cross at both Oak and Hyde Streets. The street... Continue reading

    The Bellingen Town Centre Beautification Project has been jointly funded by Council and the NSW Roads and Maritime Services.

    The next two stages of the town centre beautification will deliver much needed amenities, aesthetics and improvement to infrastructure.

    The next stage at the junction of Oak Street and Hyde Street will create a landscaped island around the cenotaph enhancing the space for ANZAC ceremonies as well as providing a community space.

    The upgrading of footpaths and improvements to pedestrian access will also include reducing the width of road pedestrians have to cross at both Oak and Hyde Streets. The street trees within the Oak Street road pavement area will be protected by the establishment of islands containing low garden beds.

    The proposed works over the next six months will involve:

    · Earthworks

    · Demolition

    · Removal and reinstatement of kerb and gutter

    · Kerb ramps and footpaths

    · Minor pavement corrections and sealing works

    · Installation of street lighting

    · Landscaping works

    The next stage of works will commence on Monday 19 June 2017 between the hours of 7am and 5pm, weather permitting.

    These works will include kerb and footpath demolition on the corner Hyde and Oak Streets, Bellingen fronting and adjacent to the National Australia Bank.

    Alternate routes and movements will be provided for motorists and pedestrians.

    Access to Oak Street can be gained via Hyde Street, west of the Cenotaph, with the slip lane being closed adjacent to the National Australia Bank.

    Consultation will be made with affected businesses and/or residences as these works progress.

    Weekly updates will be supplied here as well as on Council's website under the Weekly Works Schedule.

    The pedestrian and traffic management plans for the programmed works can be found in the document library.

    For further information please contact the Project Manager on 6655 7347.