Maleny’s much-loved Maple Street has been selected to continue minor placemaking streetscape improvements in 2023.
Community engagement: Review and Refresh - Have we got it right?
Council asked for community’s feedback to understand the key areas of Maple Street which need minor improvement and if the previous Maleny Streetscape Concept Plan 2005 needed any updating to meet the values and vision of the community.
Council thanks the community for their feedback on the Maleny Streetscape Diagram (2022) via the Have Your Say survey, which closed on 15 August 2022. Staff are currently reviewing the survey data and will report the final design to the community in late 2022.
Where to from here
The ideas and feedback received from this round of engagement will directly inform Council’s Placemaking team about the community’s priority for the placemaking streetscape improvements, including focus areas, streetscape elements, character and artwork pieces.
Council will close the loop by reporting the preferred design and option back to the community later this year.
Community engagement for the previous Maleny Streetscape Concept Plan (2005) was undertaken from 2001 to 2005. Feedback from the engagement revealed that the character of the streetscape upgrade should be unique to Maleny and incorporate the artistic, rural, historical, cooperative and organic nature of the community.
Part of the streetscape construction works were undertaken in 2010 and outcomes were:
- The new roundabout entrance
- The Teak Street intersection including pavement from Tesch Park
- A safer pedestrian crossing
- The area with seating in front of the Community Hall
- The area in front of Cooke Park
With budget now available to progress minor placemaking streetscape works in 2023, Council undertook community engagement for a ‘Review & Refresh – Have we got it right’ process on the Maleny Streetscape Diagram (2022) in July-August 2022.
As part of this, Council sought feedback from the community to understand the key areas of Maple Street which need improvement for the limited budget, and if the concept design needs any updating to meet the values and vision of the community.
Placemaking involves the community in the design and management of public spaces to help create a “sense of place”, or unique identity for a town.
It’s about improving public spaces to strengthen Maleny as a destination and encourage the community and local businesses to invest in events, local shops and enjoy improved natural assets.
It is important to note that Council’s current position is to retain the first stage of streetscape works completed in 2010, as described above.
If you would like to stay up to date with the project or seek more information, please contact Council’s Placemaking team via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.