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Artists Impression Church Street corner

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.

Please contact Customer & Business Services on 02 6655 7300 should you require any further information.


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.

Please contact Customer & Business Services on 02 6655 7300 should you require any further information.


  • Finalisation of Beautification Works

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    about 1 year ago

    The Church Street North Precinct works are now in their final stages. The main activities being installation of the Trellis’ Structure and Asphalting Works.

    Trellis’

    Council has awarded the fabrication of the trellis’.

    The construction and supply of the trellis’ is anticipated to take 6 – 8 weeks, and involves:

    • Finalisation of structural details & develop shop drawings
    • 2 weeks for fabrication
    • 3 weeks for galvanisation of the trellis’
    • 1 week for powder coating
    • Finally, coordination with businesses for installation of these trellis’.

    Asphalt Works

    The asphalt is programmed for 3 consecutive night shifts from Sunday the 12th May...

    The Church Street North Precinct works are now in their final stages. The main activities being installation of the Trellis’ Structure and Asphalting Works.

    Trellis’

    Council has awarded the fabrication of the trellis’.

    The construction and supply of the trellis’ is anticipated to take 6 – 8 weeks, and involves:

    • Finalisation of structural details & develop shop drawings
    • 2 weeks for fabrication
    • 3 weeks for galvanisation of the trellis’
    • 1 week for powder coating
    • Finally, coordination with businesses for installation of these trellis’.

    Asphalt Works

    The asphalt is programmed for 3 consecutive night shifts from Sunday the 12th May to Tuesday the 14th May, weather permitting.

    Scope of Works:

    · Church Street – Re-surfacing Hyde Street to Short Street Lane

    · Car Park re-surfacing – Behind the Federal Hotel and the Hammond and Wheatley Building

    · Church Street – Asphalt correction and patching works Hyde Street to William Street

    The detail of the scope and sequence of these works will be communicated after the Easter weekend.

    Council thanks you for your patience and understanding whilst these works have been and continue to be finalised for this Project.

    Please contact Customer & Business Services on 02 6655 7300 should you require any further information.


  • Changes to Parking following Bellingen Main Street Beautification Project

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    over 2 years ago

    Q. What has changed in the Bellingen CBD as a result of the main street improvements?

    A. The Bellingen Main Street Plan (the Plan) was adopted by the Council following extensive public consultation. The objectives of the Plan were to improve pedestrian safety and public amenity within the town centre. The works at Stage 1, Oak & Hyde Streets, and Stage 2, Church and Hyde Streets, necessitated changes to the previous on-street parking. This was done to accommodate changes to pedestrian crossings associated with narrowing road crossing locations as well as providing enhanced landscape and public spaces.

    Q. How many...

    Q. What has changed in the Bellingen CBD as a result of the main street improvements?

    A. The Bellingen Main Street Plan (the Plan) was adopted by the Council following extensive public consultation. The objectives of the Plan were to improve pedestrian safety and public amenity within the town centre. The works at Stage 1, Oak & Hyde Streets, and Stage 2, Church and Hyde Streets, necessitated changes to the previous on-street parking. This was done to accommodate changes to pedestrian crossings associated with narrowing road crossing locations as well as providing enhanced landscape and public spaces.

    Q. How many parking spaces have been reduced as a result of stages 1 & 2?

    A. The total parking spaces reduced as a result of the recent works is 14 spaces. The total number of parking spaces in Church Street remains unchanged with spaces being relocated to suit the new kerb alignment. There were 8 spaces removed in Oak Street and a total of 6 spaces removed along Hyde Street. Following the completion of these works, road pavement resurfacing is planned that will assist Council to line mark all parallel and angle parking bays.

    Q. How many parking spaces were in the CBD prior to the main street improvements?

    A. The total number of parking spaces in the CBD, including the Council carparks off Church Street (north) and off Creek Lane, is 365. This includes:

    · 76 in Hyde Street between Oak & Ford Street;

    · 49 in Oak Street between Hyde Street and William Street;

    · 72 in William Street between Oak Street & Church Street;

    · 54 in Church Street between Short Street Lane and Creek Lane;

    · 30 in the off street carpark from Church Street north (Behind Telstra & Court House);

    · 57 in the off street carpark from Creek Lane (behind Memorial Hall and adjoining land);

    · 27 in Ford Street between Creek Lane and the entrance to the Council car park.

    The loss of 14 spaces for the project means an overall reduction of 3.8%.

    Q. What will Council do to address current & future parking needs within the CBD?

    A. Council in its current budget has set aside funding to carry out CBD parking studies in the three main town centres of Dorrigo, Bellingen and Urunga. The objective of these studies will be to assess parking generation development, identify opportunities to improve parking turnover as well as identifying opportunities to increase supply both on and off the street.

    Q. When will these parking studies commence?

    A. The project scope is in development and will be outsourced to commence in the New Year.


  • Church Street North Works Update

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    over 2 years 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...

    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

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    over 2 years 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...

    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

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    over 2 years 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

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    over 2 years 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...

    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

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    over 2 years 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...

    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

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    over 2 years 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...

    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

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    almost 3 years 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...

    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.

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    by antonj, almost 3 years 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.