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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.


  • Church Street North Works Update

    5 days ago

    Works in the Church Street North Precinct are scheduled to recommence in February/March 2018 subject to confirmation of grant funding. Council has been advised that the grant announcements will be made early in the new year. Council has already received funding for stage 3 works at Bridge Street and will be hoping to align these works with the final Church Street North works.

    The current extent of works required some temporary arrangements to ensure the transition between the stages of the works provided adequate safety and functionality for the community.

    Council has placed temporary synthetic grass in this transition area... Continue reading

    Works in the Church Street North Precinct are scheduled to recommence in February/March 2018 subject to confirmation of grant funding. Council has been advised that the grant announcements will be made early in the new year. Council has already received funding for stage 3 works at Bridge Street and will be hoping to align these works with the final Church Street North works.

    The current extent of works required some temporary arrangements to ensure the transition between the stages of the works provided adequate safety and functionality for the community.

    Council has placed temporary synthetic grass in this transition area to improve the amenity until the additional works can be undertaken.

    Seating will be installed in this area and alternative shade structures are being considered in conjunction with the adjoining businesses.

    Council at its Meeting of 25 November 2017 resolved:

    1. To progress the design of Church Street North Café Precinct in keeping with the principles of the Bellingen Town Centre Beautification Project.

    2. Council not include the requested interactive play space in Church Street North Café Precinct as reflected in the most current community engagement process.

    3. Council continue to seek alternative funding source to support future project construction.

    Council will be arranging a meeting with Church Street businesses and interested members of the public in the new year to discuss the final design and street furniture arrangements.


  • Hyde & Oak Street Intersection Update

    about 1 month ago

    The Oak Street beautification works are now all but completed. With the last tiles now laid, all that remains is the installation of tactile indicators and a new flag pole that is due to be delivered in the next few weeks. This will be positioned directly behind the cenotaph with the old flagpole relocated to Lone Pine Park in preparation for the Remembrance Day Ceremony on Saturday, 11 November.

    Works will then again move to Church and Hyde Streets at the corner of Nathan Cardow’s Real Estate. Night works will commence on Monday 13 November until Friday 17 November.

    Workers... Continue reading

    The Oak Street beautification works are now all but completed. With the last tiles now laid, all that remains is the installation of tactile indicators and a new flag pole that is due to be delivered in the next few weeks. This will be positioned directly behind the cenotaph with the old flagpole relocated to Lone Pine Park in preparation for the Remembrance Day Ceremony on Saturday, 11 November.

    Works will then again move to Church and Hyde Streets at the corner of Nathan Cardow’s Real Estate. Night works will commence on Monday 13 November until Friday 17 November.

    Workers will be on site from 4pm with activities commencing following shop closures at 5pm. Work will be undertaken up to 1am with major noise to cease at 9pm. Council will endeavour to keep noise at a minimum at all other times.

    The Church Street works will involve demolition and footpath preparation. The Project Manager has personally spoken to businesses advising of the next steps.


  • Main Street Beautification - Update 23 October 2017

    about 2 months ago

    The following works will be undertaken in the week commencing Monday 23 October 2017.

    Proposed works will continue and include:

    • The placement of tiles at the Cenotaph, areas fronting Purple Carrot, National Australia Bank and Oak/Hyde Street precinct in general
    • Kerb works in Oak Street
    • Demolition will commence of the existing kerb and gutter in Hyde and Church Streets at Cardows Corner, which may result in some nightworks.

    Every effort is being made to reduce the impact on businesses, residents, pedestrians and motorists and Council appreciates community understanding and patience.


    The following works will be undertaken in the week commencing Monday 23 October 2017.

    Proposed works will continue and include:

    • The placement of tiles at the Cenotaph, areas fronting Purple Carrot, National Australia Bank and Oak/Hyde Street precinct in general
    • Kerb works in Oak Street
    • Demolition will commence of the existing kerb and gutter in Hyde and Church Streets at Cardows Corner, which may result in some nightworks.

    Every effort is being made to reduce the impact on businesses, residents, pedestrians and motorists and Council appreciates community understanding and patience.


  • Main Street Beautification - Update 5 October

    2 months 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

    3 months 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

    3 months 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

    4 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.

    4 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

    4 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

    5 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.