Banyule Council has prepared a draft strategy to guide the future use and development of the public realm, including parks, reserves and plazas to cater for the rapidly growing population in the central Heidelberg area.
Banyule Mayor Cr Mark Di Pasquale, said Council is now seeking community and stakeholder feedback on the draft Heidelberg Activity Centre and Medical Precinct Public Realm Strategy.
“Council’s vision for this Heidelberg precinct is for all residents, workers and visitors to the area to have access to and be able to enjoy high-quality public spaces,” Cr Di Pasquale said. “As population density rises we don’t want to lose our city’s liveability.”
The Victorian Planning Authority predicts that by 2030 the Precinct will grow by up to 260%, to a total of approximately 16,941 people, placing significant pressure on existing open spaces.
“Creating a public open space network that’s interlinked and inviting where it’s easy to walk and cycle encourages social interaction, recreation and healthy living,” Cr Di Pasquale said. “This is crucial in supporting the vitality of the community.”
In 2016, Council produced a Public Open Space Plan that identified the three Activity Centres in Greensborough, Heidelberg and Ivanhoe would come under increasing development pressure and population growth.
To maintain, protect and enhance the public realm for future generations, it was recommended that a precinct open space strategy for each three Activity Centres be produced as a Priority.
In 2017, Council commenced the development of a Public Realm Strategy for the Heidelberg Activity Centre and Medical Precinct to produce a vision and direction for all public spaces including those owned or managed by other authorities.
You can have your say on the Heidelberg Activity Centre and Medical Precinct Public Realm Strategy on Council’s Shaping Banyule website until 28 September 2018.