(5pm 26 October 2011, CafÃ© Tripod, 262 Abercrombie Street, Darlington)
Hello, everyone, welcome to this consultation. I'd like firstly to acknowledge the traditional owners of this land, and to pay my respects to the Elders, both past and present.
These design proposals have come from the local community's request for improvements to the Darlington precincts, from Redfern Station to Sydney University.
The area is an important hub for local people, as well as a major conduit for the university.
As you can see from the panels here, the improvements proposed include:
- undergrounding the overhead cables to reduce visual clutter;
- tree planting and landscaping; and
- widening the southern footpath between Ivy and Shepherd Streets which will improve pedestrian flows and allow for outdoor dining.
We have already shown a preliminary concept design to the local businesses in July and had a generally favourable response.
The improvements will strengthen the village atmosphere and make it a safer area for residents, students and visitors, with better lighting and increased passive surveillance.
The project team are here today to explain details of the design and it's also on the City's website for anyone who wasn't able to be here today.
Once we have your comments and reactions, a finalised plan will be able to go to Council for approval in December.
Thank you for coming here and I look forward to your responses to the plans.