Create- Bellingen Main Street Master Plan

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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.


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    Will a seat be placed at the bus stop on the corner of church and hyde...to replace the one removed during the reconstruction?. Many in the community find it difficult to have to stand for a period of time waiting for the bus...surely this beautifaction process aim is to enhance not remove access and equity

    Lorraine brown asked over 2 years ago

    Hi and thank you for your question.

    We are happy to advise that the new bus shelter seating will be installed over the next 7 days. Council is completing the alterations to the seating prior to their installation.



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    Regarding the playground proposal for church street I would like to know the response rate figure and the result And in particular if council intends to proceed with the proposal

    Lorraine brown asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question.  

    This matter was the subject of a report to Council on 22 November 2017.  It can be read on Council's website as follows: Item 11.2, page 103 of Agenda for Ordinary Meeting on 22/11/2017. 

    https://www.bellingen.nsw.gov.au/sites/bellingen/files/public/ORDINARY%20MEETING%20OFCOUNCIL%2022%20NOVEMBER%202017-rs.pdf

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    On your plan for Church St, the family tables and chairs are non-existent. Groups of families and friends have always been able to sit at large tables in church St without having to buy from the cafes. I notice the plan has 9 small square tables each for the 2 cafes with 3 for the Swiss Patiss. No seating supplied as it is up to the cafes to supply their own chairs. Firstly these square tables are hardly conducive for a large group to sit around and secondly when the cafes are closed, there will be no seating unless we arrive in wheelchairs. Council has been consistently asked if there will be family seating. No answer. Margaret

    Margaret asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question regarding seating configuration for the Church Street precinct.

    Council advises that this area of Church street is only in the concept design phase and that the question of public seating will need to be addressed as part of the detailed design phase. 

    It is anticipated that a meeting be held with the affected businesses which front this section of Church Street and any other interested parties to discuss and develop the most appropriate seating design for this area which best serves the businesses, customers and general public.

    Any such meeting will be advertised so that interested members of the business community and public can attend.


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    The 'beautification' is moving on to the corner of Hyde and Church, outside Cardews. Do you still plan to have a playspace there for children?

    Margaret asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question regarding one of the proposals for the Church Street precinct which included a play space for children.

    Community feedback was sought for this option and the results of this consultation will be referred to the November Council meeting  for a decision on inclusions for the Church Street precinct. 

    The report to Council will be publicly available on Council's website by close of business Friday prior to meeting day (Friday 22 November). 


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    Hi Congratulations on an informative website. One question i dont see addressed in the Create Bellingen plan is in regard to the NSW smoking legislation laws. (available on their website). With the current level of 2nd hand cigarette smoke on our streets this is a concern to be addressed sooner than later. There is clear breeches to the smoking laws occurring. Daily it is a practice to stand beside the new bins in Hyde St and pollute the space with 2nd hand smoke. It is equally occurring outside shops, at the taxi rank, the pedestrian crossing and proximity to eateries. Our streets are alive with people of all ages and many young children who deserve to come to town and enjoy clean air. Looking forward to hear the plans for this pressing problem. Kat

    Kat asked almost 3 years ago

    Please note that Council is not responsible for enforcing the smoking legislation. NSW Health is the Appropriate Regulatory Authority for compliance with outdoor smoking bans in NSW.

    Please find below excerpt from NSW Health website re smoking laws in NSW. Page found at:  http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/tobacco/Pages/smoke-free-laws.aspx

    Smoke-free laws

    In NSW, smoking is banned in all enclosed public places and certain outdoor public areas, under the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000and the Smoke-free Environment Regulation 2016. These bans protect people from harmful second-hand tobacco smoke. There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke.

    Enclosed public places

    The Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 bans smoking in all enclosed public places for example shopping centres, cinemas, libraries, trains and buses.

    Outdoor public places

    The Act also bans smoking in the following outdoor public places:

    ·  Within 10 metres of children’s play equipment in outdoor public places

    ·  Public swimming pools

    ·  Spectator areas at sports grounds or other recreational areas used for organized sporting events

    ·  Public transport stops and platforms, including ferry wharves and taxi ranks

    ·  Within 4 metres of a pedestrian access point to a public building

    ·  Commercial outdoor dining areas

    Smoking bans in these outdoor public areas have been have made because:

    ·  they are often visited by children and families and they can be crowded

    ·  they allow limited opportunity for people to avoid second hand smoke

    ·  this approach will achieve an important reduction in many people’s exposure to second hand smoke

    ·  this approach will create a more supportive environment for those who have quit.

    Display of ‘No smoking’ signs

    Owners and occupiers of the following outdoor public places must ensure that adequate ‘No smoking’ signs are displayed in:

    ·  swimming pool complexes (indoor and outdoor areas)

    ·  light rail, railway platforms and ferry wharves

    ·  commercial outdoor dining areas

    Signs which comply with the requirements under the Regulation are available to order free of charge from NSW Health. Otherwise, owners and occupiers can make their own signs which comply with the regulation.

    Enforcement of smoking bans

    NSW Health Authorised Inspectors conduct regular compliance monitoring and enforcement activity, including issuing cautions or on the spot fines of $300 to people seen to be breaching outdoor smoking bans.

    Authorised Inspectors also provide education to members of the public on smoking bans and work with property and building owners to display smoke-free signage and remove butt bins, where appropriate.

    If you think a smoking ban has been broken, please let us know by completing the online reporting form.

    Link to online reporting form: https://nswhealth.formstack.com/forms/online_form_2__copy



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    URGENT Have you checked the specs for the triangle around the cenotaph? I just watched a bus trying to go around the corner into Oak st. They went very slowly , hardly moving, and only just made it through the space, with an inch to spare. THIS LANE IS TOO NARROW. IT IS AN ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN AND COUNCIL WILL BE LIABLE FOR ANY ACCIDENT THAT DOES OCCUR. PLEASE RECTIFY THIS BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.

    Gail Colley asked almost 3 years ago

    Thank you for your input to this project.

    While construction is taking place traffic control is provided to assist all turning traffic. The detailed design has provided for the bus turning manoeuvres and the design plans in the Project's document library depict the final layout of the intersection.


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    Will there be lighting installed to illuminate the pedestrian crossing in front of the Memorial Hall as the current level of visibility at night is very dangerous.

    Daisy Belle asked almost 3 years ago

    Thank you for your question.

    Council has sought grant funding for Stage 3 of the project (Bridge Street intersection) which will include the relocation and improved illumination of the marked crossing. 


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    Regarding the lavender coloured seating walls on the main street design plans again please: There are a lot of these seating walls on the plan. The seating walls represent the ideal opportunity to incorporate some local "flavour" into this plan instead of using traditional block and lavender coloured mortar. As they are shown on the plan now, they look very metropolitan- which is not suitable for Bellingen. My questions are: 1) Has the use of local materials, such as river stones, been thought of for the use of the copious amount of seating walls? This type of treatment could lend a natural local element and deter skateboard damage to the seating walls. 2) Has the use of mosaic tile art in combination with river stones been considered as a way to add a creative, colourful and local element to the walls? 3) Will the wood from the beloved camphor trees be used in the making of the wooden seat caps shown on the walls? Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions. I did not feel like the consultation process for the plan listened to everyone in the community. However, this website has given me a way to ask questions regarding the future and analyse what is to come. I hope that the ideas expressed here will be taken into consideration because I feel that this is a much better forum to express ourselves and get informed answers rather than on social media. Sheri

    SDL asked about 3 years ago

    Hi there and thank you for taking time to look over the main street design plans.  We are glad that you agree with us that Create will help improve the quality of the conversations that go on about our shire.

    We apologise for the time taken to respond, but we had to consult with the architect to clarify a few things before we could reply.

    Council can confirm that the colour of the wall seating on the plans was a concept only and intended to demonstrate location.  At this stage it is envisaged that the colour will be earth tones rather than lavender.  There is a proposed colour pallet on the drawings in the document library here on Create.  

    Where possible local materials will be sourced and employed in the project.  Consideration is also being given into methods to deter skateboard damage.  

    Council is investigating options to kiln dry some of the camphor laurel timber so that it can potentially be incorporate into seating within the project.  

    Street art is also intended to be incorporated into the project however this hasn’t yet been finalised.


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    The virtual plan shows many low seating walls adjacent to pedestrian street crossings (they are lavender in colour on the plan). I have two questions regarding these walls (and future benches): 1) Will there be skateboard deterring clamps put on them to stop damage from skateboards? Has this been considered? 2) Seating near pedestrian crossings causes confusion for drivers as the pedestrians mingle. Drivers wonder "are they going to cross or aren't they ?" and pedestrians tend to turn into traffic without thinking after socialising. Please consider this when designing the main street. Also, I posted a question here last week, received an email that it was delivered and it is not showing up here? Do you selectively post questions and answers? Regards, Sheri

    SDL asked about 3 years ago

    Thank you for taking time to look over the main street design plans, Council can confirm that consideration has been given to the design to deter skateboard damage. 

    In regard to people gathering near the marked pedestrian crossings, the design was subject to a road safety audit undertaken by the Roads & Maritime Services and no concern was raised about people gathering of near crossings.


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    I am not sure exactly where to provide my opinion regarding the next generation of street trees to be planted as part of this project. I vote for a number of Water Gums (Tristaniopsis laurina) in the plant selection for street trees. http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/NSWfl.pl?page=nswfl&lvl=sp&name=Tristaniopsis~laurina

    Liz Brown asked about 3 years ago

    Thanks for your suggestions.  They will be passed to the Committee along with the surveys. 

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    The plan shows that the benches under the town map are removed. Will they be replaced and why are they removed on the plan? This is an important meeting place in town.

    SDL asked about 3 years ago

    Thanks for your question.  We can advise that the seats under the town map will not be removed.

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    What paving material is proposed?

    Daisy Belle asked about 3 years ago

    Thank you for your interest in this project.  The Bellingen Main Street project has been in development since March 2015 and throughout the process there has been significant public consultation leading to the preparation and adoption by Council of the Main Street Plan in October 2015.

    The primary paving material used in the footpath areas is a honed concrete finish with stone paver banding at various intervals, in addition there are other infill areas where stone pavers are also used.

    Please refer to the Document Library associated with this project where the plans posted depict the paved areas and the type of paving material to be used.


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    I am wondering what sort of research and advice was sourced regarding the managing of large tree roots around buildings. I am aware that other councils have chosen to manage roots to deter them from buildings. Has this approach been throughly considered so to keep the trees and improve accessibility issues? I am interested in how council is going to incorporate the unique character of Bellingen community into the revitalisation of the town centre. It would be good to have local people make submissions so that there is not a standardised approach to any infrastructure or garden ideas, etc. The revitalisation is an opportunity to show case the community presence and flavour rather than reproduce a banal concept of beautification. I look forward to receiving your response. Kindly, Melisse

    Melisse asked about 3 years ago

    Thank you for your interest in this project. 

    The removal of the camphor laurel trees has been determined by Council in consideration of a range of risk factors including the extent of root penetration under existing infrastructure, the removal of the existing trees will allow root barriers to be established, the age and growth structure of the existing camphor laurel trees has also contributed to the decision to remove these trees. 

    Council has also established tree selection panel made up of community representatives and specialist arborists to select suitable replacement species.