(3pm, Saturday 8 December 2012, Abercrombie Street Community Consultation)
Hello, everyone. Welcome to our consultation about improvements to Abercrombie Street. 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.
When we originally proposed improvements to Abercrombie Street, your feedback suggested we expand the scope of our works to include the northern side from Lawson to Shepherd Street, including the intersection at Abercrombie and Lawson Streets.
We've taken that idea on board and now have a draft concept design which has been out for your comment since November 28. There are still another few days for anyone who would like to comment before it comes off exhibition next week.
The proposed scheme will greatly improve this area, and reinforce the sense of a village and provide greater amenity for residents, workers and visitors.
It includes undergrounding the overhead wires, which will de-clutter the street and give us the opportunity to green the area with new plantings and rainwater gardens.
We will install new lighting and new brick paving which will make the area safer through better lighting and increased passive surveillance.
There will be some changes to traffic conditions, but no loss of parking.
You will have seen the improvements made along Redfern Street, and the difference they have made not only for the residents and visitors in terms of public amenity, but also for the commercial life of the street.
I think that, on a smaller scale, this is what we will achieve with the improvements to Abercrombie Street.
Once we have your feedback and the plans are finalised, we expect the work to begin by the middle of next year and to be completed by the year's end.
Thank you for coming today and I now invite you to have a look at the plans. Our landscape architect, Jacqui Ong, is here to talk them through with you.