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 concept design needs any updating to meet the values and vision of the community.
Community shared their feedback on the Maleny Streetscape Diagram (2022) via the online survey. The survey closed on 15 August 2022. Staff are currently reviewing the data.
Where to from here
The feedback received from this round of engagement will directly inform Council’s Placemaking team about the community’s priority for the streetscape improvements, including focus areas, streetscape elements, character and artwork pieces.
Council will close the loop by reporting the preferred option back to the community later this year.
Council has now secured budget to progress with additional minor placemaking streetscape improvements in 2023 based on outcomes of community engagement on the Maleny Streetscape Diagram (2022).
Feedback 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
From July 2022 Council will undertake community engagement for a ‘Review & Refresh – Have we got it right’ process on the Maleny Streetscape Diagram (2022). As part of this, Council will seek 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.
Community members and groups are encouraged to get involved with this community engagement across July and August and have their say on Maleny’s, Maple Street.
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.