Napier Street Road Closure Public Consultation

(12pm 11 February 2012, Napier Street, Paddington)

Hello, everyone, welcome to our meeting. I would like firstly to acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the traditional custodians of our land, and to pay my respects to their Elders. I also acknowledge the 200 nationalities who make up our City.

The redevelopment of CoFA is due for completion this year, and gives us the opportunity to improve the area at the eastern end of Napier Street.

We're referring to it as the Napier Street road closure but in fact is the unnamed, small open space between Rosebud Lane and the intersection of Greens Road and Oxford Street.

The new café and gallery at CoFA - will be oriented towards Oxford Street - and the aim is to create an inviting public space.

This will not only make it a more attractive area for visitors, but provide a meeting place for locals as well.

When we distributed a questionnaire to local residents, a large number of respondents asked that this space be improved. We've also door-knocked Napier Street residents and local businesses in Oxford Street to find out how they use the space, and how they would like to see it shaped in the future.

The suggested improvements will help activate the area, making it safer and easier for pedestrians. It will provide opportunity for outdoor dining, and discourage anti-social behaviour.

No trees will be lost, though the plans suggest relocating some garden beds.

Our study has identified nine possible car parking sites in the immediate vicinity which could be rezoned to allow permit holders longer-term parking to make up for possible loss of four parking spaces.

So the purpose of this meeting is to show you the draft scheme and to hear your thoughts on what is proposed. It will help us refine aspects of the scheme so that it works as an attractive new precinct for residents, visitors and the CoFA staff and students.

Following this meeting, we hope to have a finalised version presented to Council for endorsement in March to allow for a construction start in September.

So thank you all for your interest, and now I'd like to hand over to Mark Brandon from City Projects to explain the scheme in more detail.