Bellingen Main Street Project - Church Street North Precinct

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Church Street North Precinct

Council is investing in one of its key strategic priorities, the upgrade of signature local assets and infrastructure, via the staged delivery of the Bellingen Main Street Beautification and Accessibility Project.

The project, which features four stages, aims to beautify our town centre, activate our central commercial and café precinct, and deliver pedestrian infrastructure and facilities which cater to the needs of all pedestrians.

The Church Street North Precinct Project is the fourth and final stage of works and builds on previous stages that have delivered significant streetscape improvements including new footpaths, disability ramps and crossings, seating, street lighting and high-quality landscaped spaces.

Council has secured an $885,000 grant from the Stronger Country Communities Fund to deliver Stage Four works, which continue with the pending installation of eco Jarrah timber inserts on the recently installed feature trellis shade structure along Church Street’s al fresco dining strip.

Further, to allow for the pending installation of eco Jarrah timber inserts, vine stock currently being nurtured will be planted to create a shaded trellis structure and extra seating and tables will be installed to deliver pedestrian infrastructure and facilities which cater to the needs of all pedestrians.

Complimentary Stage Four works have also included the installation of new landscape walls, feature footpaths and cobble stones, kerb and guttering and road and carpark resurfacing and Council thanks you for your patience and understanding during the final stage of these works.

Council is investing in one of its key strategic priorities, the upgrade of signature local assets and infrastructure, via the staged delivery of the Bellingen Main Street Beautification and Accessibility Project.

The project, which features four stages, aims to beautify our town centre, activate our central commercial and café precinct, and deliver pedestrian infrastructure and facilities which cater to the needs of all pedestrians.

The Church Street North Precinct Project is the fourth and final stage of works and builds on previous stages that have delivered significant streetscape improvements including new footpaths, disability ramps and crossings, seating, street lighting and high-quality landscaped spaces.

Council has secured an $885,000 grant from the Stronger Country Communities Fund to deliver Stage Four works, which continue with the pending installation of eco Jarrah timber inserts on the recently installed feature trellis shade structure along Church Street’s al fresco dining strip.

Further, to allow for the pending installation of eco Jarrah timber inserts, vine stock currently being nurtured will be planted to create a shaded trellis structure and extra seating and tables will be installed to deliver pedestrian infrastructure and facilities which cater to the needs of all pedestrians.

Complimentary Stage Four works have also included the installation of new landscape walls, feature footpaths and cobble stones, kerb and guttering and road and carpark resurfacing and Council thanks you for your patience and understanding during the final stage of these works.

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    ...and what about the elephant on Church Street?

    patrick asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question. 
    We confirm that there are no elephants on the proposed design.

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    Where is the art? Has the fact that this is a creative community (and well known for that fact) been considered?

    Allysho asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question.  Council is open to art proposals for the area however they will need prior approval from Council.  

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    What does "The leopard trees will be shaped" actually mean? I'd like to see a plan for this showing the final "shape".

    Allysho asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question.  

    The trees will be shaped at the recommendation of a qualified arborist.

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    Are the results of surveys made public?

    Allysho asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question.  Yes the survey results will be made public in due course.

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    Looks very industrial and too sterile. Lets please not loose the Bellingen alternative and country look which has attracted many of us here. The local businesses No 5, Fennel, Kombu hopefully will have a say.... thanks

    FrankP asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you for providing feedback. Your comments have been noted.

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    Will the answers to questions be posted before the survey is closed?

    Allysho asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question.  Yes all questions via the Q&A tool are answered publicly.

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    Please no screen in our town. It would absolutely not fit with our heritage buildings nor the country town we live in. Speaking of buildings I am hoping after all this work on the streetscape is completed that council will then look at having some regulations in place to ensure property owners in the main street are made to paint and upkeep their shop fronts to a certain standard. Mike

    Mike asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you for your input.  I can advise that Council offers Heritage Grants for the main street property owners and encourages applications.  

    The current round of grants has provided many successful grants for the main street of Bellingen. Further information is available on Council's website.  


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    1/ Are the existing seating arrangements outside Fennel, No 5 & Kombu being considered as part of the overall design? They should be to create a cohesive effect. 2/ What will be the materials used for the seating both public and the cafes. 3/ Will there be umbrellas/sunshades? 4/ Are the proposed colours of the seats and paintwork taking into consideration the heritage style of the town? 5/ Is the heritage plan 2017 - 2020 being considered 6/ Who makes up the "project team"? 7/ Will there be a public discussion about the design other than online? 8/ Who makes the final decision? 9/ Please - no digital notice board . People are overloaded with digital images in their lives and it is totally inappropriate for the location. The VIC is just down the road to find out what is happening. These questions relate not just to Bellingen - they are basic principles of good design. There are many local residents highly qualified in design who can assist the Council if they need help.

    margaret porter asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you for your questions.

    1. The seating arrangements outside Fennel, No 5 & Kombu will not be considered for this Stage however they will be considered as part of the complete Masterplan.

    2.  Once the final design is decided the materials will be finalised and will generally be similar to that already used for public seating.

    3. The design does not include umbrellas or sunshades however, individual businesses may use them.

    4. Yes and in addition the Heritage Assistance Grants Program this year has focussed on the CBD.

    5. Yes, the Heritage Plan 2017-2020 is being considered.

    6.  The project is managed by the Manager Asset Management and Design responsible to the Deputy General Manager Operations with the Council making the final decision on the project. 

    Many different resources are required and being utilised for delivery of a project of this size such as landscape architects, civil construction designers and electrical design services.

    7.  Council's main consultation medium is its Create Community Engagement Hub. Individual consultation has been held with immediately affected commercial businesses and a further meeting has been organised with the local Chamber.

    8. Council will approve the final design.

    9. Noted


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    What furniture will council be procuring in option 3 as described?

    PaulH asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question.

    It is envisaged that shop owners purchase their own furniture and that Council will purchase the public seating.

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    Could you tell us the height and width of the proposed LED screen and how tall it will stand?

    Janenecarey asked over 2 years ago

    Thanks for your question. Apologies for the delay in responding.

    Electronic noticeboards come in different sizes (including the screen size) ranging from 1.8 mtrs to 2.1 mtrs in height and 0.5 and 0.9 mtrs wide. 

    The electronic noticeboard is still up for discussion. Community and shop owner's feedback will be taken into consideration as part of the final design process.