A new plan to help build on Braddon’s continued evolution includes pocket gardens, parklets, increased street greening and new places to sit as well as wider-footpaths and new connections through blocks.
The Braddon Place Plan has been created in collaboration with the local community and builds on the area’s existing character.
City Renewal Authority chief executive officer Malcolm Snow said the plan would help improve the public spaces to match the private development in the thriving area.
“Braddon is an evolving neighbourhood that has developed a distinctive character of its own, separate but complementary to that of Civic” Mr Snow said.
“It has grown from a semi-industrial area into a popular entertainment and retail district despite the quality of its public spaces rather than because of them.
“This plan sets out actions that can help bring Braddon’s public spaces, including its streets and parks, up to a standard that will help make the area even better for the people who use it.”
The plan includes short, medium and long-term actions for government, businesses, landowners and the community to improve the experience of Braddon and further strengthen its popularity.
“These actions range from small, quick wins that we can get on with straightaway, including temporary improvements like pocket parks, pop-up play elements and increasing the amount of greenery at street level, as well as infrastructure upgrades like improved ambient lighting and new seating,” Mr Snow said.
“The plan also includes longer-term changes that will take time to implement, like widening the footpaths for more outdoor dining, installing cycle lanes and creating permanent green active-travel corridors.
“We would also love to see better use of private land and will encourage the inclusion of public walkways and laneways to improve connectivity through the blocks.
“This Braddon Place Plan sets a clear path to work together to help Braddon achieve the best outcomes.”
One of the key actions in the place plan is the establishment of a “town team” to galvanise community action to deliver on-the-ground events, activities and small-scale physical improvements to help make Braddon even better.
“While many actions in the place plan are for government to undertake there are others that will be initiated and run by the community or the private sector,” Mr Snow said.
“Establishing a Braddon town team will bring together action-oriented community members to help Braddon evolve for the benefit of the community.”
The City Renewal Authority will host a public event on Thursday 31 January to discuss the place plan. Representatives of the Town Team Movement will also present on the benefits of their model.
Other short-term actions in the Braddon Place Plan include an annual program of events, pop-up play elements, a street music program, high-quality street art and a community gardening program.
Longer-term actions include creating a sense of arrival through signage and art installation, monthly markets for local producers and artists, an annual showcase event or street party and spaces for artists in new developments.
To see the Braddon Place Plan visit cityrenewalCBR.com.au
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