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Beaufort Street and Belubula River Walk Landscape Designs

12 months ago Council engaged Place Design Group to develop concept plans for the open space at the end of Beaufort Street and progress the plans for the Belubula River Heritage Walk from Martin Street to Heritage Park. 

An online community survey for each project was conducted in August 2019 and we received 50-60 responses from the community about what they would like to see in these spaces.  

In December 2019, Council undertook a community engagement session, including a BBQ at the end of Beaufort Street to seek local community feedback on the options for the Beaufort Street project. The event attracted approximately 20 people including children, with ideas and thoughts being offered about what should be included in the location, how to manage community expectation and when the project may be delivered. The community had a clear preference for the option that provided for a circuit type shared path within the area, and connections to Roseberry Place, Cook Street and Beaufort Street.

In February this year, Council undertook a second community engagement session, including BBQ in the Blayney Tennis Club. Another 20 people including children attended and provided us with their ideas and feedback about what should be included along the route, on "the island" at the Newbridge Road/Henry Street corner and when the project may be delivered.

Community feedback for the Belubula River Park area indicated a clear preference for the option that provided for a circuit type path around "the island", access and use of the road reserve and closing of Farm Lane from Charles Street to Stillingfleet Streets.

The draft schematic landscape designs expand upon the two proposed concepts previously identified within, either the Blayney Shire Sport and Recreation Master Plan (2017), Blayney Active Movement Strategy (2016) and/or Blayney 2020 Master Plan (2016).
Both schematic designs focus on the utilisation of currently underutilised Council held land and road reserves, seeking to obtain greater utilisation and provide the Blayney community with improved passive recreation open space opportunities.

The Frape / Beaufort Street Park area, bounded by Frape, Cook and Beaufort Streets with a pathway access to Roseberry Place is a previous brickworks site, and has remained unused for many decades. The land was previously Crown Land and is identified as a Public Reserve. Council has recently finalised a 3 lot subdivision to excise 2 residential lots fronting Frape Street, and these are currently being prepared for sale.

The schematic design proposes shared path linkages through the park, with playground and shadesails, fitness equipment, BBQ with seating, toilet block, open grass areas and associated landscaping.

The Belubula River Precinct stretches from Dakers Oval in the North through to Martha Street and Heritage Park in the South, with multiple linkages to local roads, primarily along Lower Farm Lane. Council has also undertaken preliminary discussions with an adjoining landholder to improve and make available a piece of land known as "the island" near Newbridge Road for public passive recreation such as fishing and bird viewing.

The design proposes the closure of the section of Lower Farm Lane between Charles and Stillingfleet Streets and repurposing of this section to provide for a shared path. The shared path will service the full length of the route from Dakers Oval to Heritage Park, offering the community a safe pedestrian and cycling off-road track enhancing local connectivity across Blayney.

Works also identified include the removal of existing noxious and invasive species such as willow and elm along the river alignment, a pedestrian bridge to service "the island", viewing decks, bird hide, associated landscaping, and other environmental enhancements.

Project costings are currently under development and subject to consideration of any further submissions, these will be finalised and used for future grant applications and funding opportunities.

Council endorsed these designs at the June meeting, and have placed them on public exhibition on Council’s website https://www.blayney.nsw.gov.au/your-council/on-exhibition

Written submissions and comments are invited by residents and the community, to be received prior to 5.00pm on Thursday 23 July 2020.

Last modified: 02 Jul 2020

Blayney Shire Council

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PO Box 62, Blayney NSW 2799, Australia
Telephone: (02) 6368 2104
Email: council@blayney.nsw.gov.au

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