Eden CBD makeover gets green light

A $700,000 makeover of Eden’s CBD is ready to start after Bega Valley Shire Council approved the Eden CBD masterplan.

The Action on Imlay project to revitalise Eden’s main CBD was unanimously approved by councillors when they endorsed the draft CBD Landscape Masterplan and Design Guidelines for Eden at Wednesday’s council meeting.

BVSC will now move forward with the detailed design, tendering and implementation of the masterplan.

Eden is one of four Bega Valley CBD’s to be revitalised by Council under the Design Visions and Options report, publicly exhibited by council in March.

The hard yards done early by many community members, and most recently by the Eden Chamber of Commerce, are now paying off.

Having done so much preliminary work and consultation on revitalising Eden’s CBD, the town is now in a position to start work, ahead of the other townships.

Improved pedestrian movement and safety, the creation of comfortable public spaces, improving streetscapes and amenity, increasing economic activity and improved traffic flow, have all been factored into the masterplan.

A project budget of $700,000 will be spent, $500,000 of that coming from the 2014/15 budget for the implementation of the Imlay Street landscape masterplan and also unspent funds of $200,000 from the original Action on Imlay project.

The landscape masterplan for Imlay Street incorporates the major structural and design features previously endorsed by the community and proposes improved pedestrian crossings, street furniture, landscaping and gateway treatments.

The Masterplans are now with council’s Infrastructure Group for detailed design and integration with the required upgrades to drainage in Imlay Street.

Council will provide updates as the project moves towards implementation.

Council also resolved to endorse that the draft CBD landscape masterplans for Merimbula, Bega and Bermagui be subject of a councillor workshop; and that following the councillor workshop, the draft CBD landscape masterplans for Merimbula, Bega and Bermagui be placed on public exhibition and then reported back to council for finalisation.

A copy of the Eden CBD Landscape can be viewed on council’s website: