Napier Street Road Closure Community Session

(12pm, Saturday 1 December 2012, Napier Street Reserve)

Hello, everyone. Thank you for coming here today. I'd like firstly to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional custodians of our land, and to pay my respects to their Elders. I also acknowledge the people of 200 nations who live in our city.

Today, we want to show you a refined concept design for this area, based on your feedback from the consultation we held earlier this year.

Prior to that consultation, we distributed a questionnaire to about 120 surrounding residents, which generated 22 responses. We also door-knocked local businesses in Oxford Street, and most of the Napier Street residents, so you could tell us directly how you used the space and how you'd like it to be in the future.

The spur for this was the need to improve the area for when the CoFA refurbishment relocates the main entury to Napier Street.

In our earlier consultation, you told us you wanted better lighting, outdoor seating, a combination of paved and garden areas, a space for relaxation and a space to walk your dogs.

So the design has been refined to respond to your suggestions. It now includes:

  • An art wall between the closure and the service station adjoining
  • Clearer sight lines to Oxford Street, and a broad set of stairs leading from the terraced area onto Greens Road
  • Planting the service station land adjoining Napier Street and Rosebud Lane and
  • Retention of the existing trees

We are also looking to find alternative spaces to relocate parking.

The proposed improvements will help activate the area. They give safer and easier access for pedestrians and provide an opportunity for outdoor dining and the kind of informal surveillance that helps discourage anti-social behaviour.

This can be a real transformation and be a genuine benefit to this local community.

I'll now hand you over to Mark Brandon from our City Projects division who'll give you an overview of the project. His talk will be followed by an information session, with City staff explaining aspects of the project in more detail and answering your questions.

So thank you all once again for your interest and your input.