What does it mean for our CBD?
With historic roots as far back as 1824, Port Macquarie has long been seen as a vibrant retail, industry and tourist destination. The importance of creating a fresh, attractive and prosperous CBD was recognised by locals dating back to 1993 when a special levy on Port Macquarie CBD property owners was formally introduced for streetscape, landscaping and beautification works.
Following this, the Port Macquarie Town Centre Master Plan (TCMP) Sub-Committee, a joint initiative of Port Macquarie’s CBD property owners and Council, was formally established in February 1994. The Sub-Committee was to assist in continuing to develop the Port Macquarie Town Centre Master Plan, proposing works priorities, making recommendations regarding the development, review and amendment of the Master Plan and acting as a communication conduit between Council and CBD stakeholders advocating the Master Plan to the community.
Since the establishment of the TCMP, total works funded, capital and refurbishment, as well as maintenance and operational activities, have been in excess of $24million.
The TCMP Sub-Committee is chaired by a Councillor and made up of Council staff and representatives of Port Macquarie CBD landowners, traders, a community member and both the Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce and Port Macquarie-Hastings Access Committee.
The current Town Centre Master Plan was updated in late 2013, and in March 2014, a number of priority projects were agreed upon.
Recently Completed Projects:
Clarence and Murray Intersection Upgrade: to encourage lower traffic speeds and more pedestrian activity, a design was developed to improve pedestrian safety through the upgrading of footpaths, improving lighting and making a safer intersection at the corner of Clarence and Murray Street.
Town Square: the project has seen the construction of the new Town Square (at the northern end of Horton St) and Stage 1 of an upgrade to the Town Green. This results in more vibrant and useable spaces for the many events, experiences and activities that occur and to see these spaces act as major drawcards for locals and visitors. Features on the new Town Square include increased pedestrian space, an accessible and open area which can be used for community events, markets and festivals, timber seating and new alfresco dining areas, with shading provided by large commercial umbrellas.
Town Green: landscaping, paving and street furniture installation has now been completed, with new footpaths along the foreshore providing pedestrian access from Town Green to the Breakwall and the rest of the Coastal Walk.
Kooloonbung Creek: works to rejuvenate and beautify the Kooloonbung Creek Foreshore between Gordon St and Hayward St are now complete with the site opened to the public on Friday 31st May 2019. Safety and accessibility have been improved significantly, with the construction of wider shared pathways, feature staircase connection to Gordon St, installation of new lighting, seating, shade trees and bike racks.
A future project to watch out for is the Bicentenary Walk – waterfront footpath upgrade.
Where is the money for the Port Macquarie CBD Master Plan coming from?
Funding for improvements and upgrade works in the Port Macquarie CBD is sourced from a separate financial reserve. The reserve is primarily maintained through an increased business rate levied on the commercial properties and paid for by the property owners of the Port Macquarie CBD. Port Macquarie CBD landowners are regularly updated on these works. If you are a property owner in the Port Macquarie CBD and wish to register your interest in the Property Owners Group, contact Debbie Moore on 6584 5542.