Liveability Project - Revitalising Our Town Centres

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As part of the Western Parkland City Liveability Program, Hawkesbury City Council has created the Liveability project to revitalise the town centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor through public domain upgrades, place-making and activation initiatives, stakeholder partnerships and commercial opportunities.

To make this happen, Council engaged Place Design Group to deliver the detailed design for revitalising the town centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor. The concept design is now on Council's community engagement website, Your Hawkesbury Your Say at www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au for community members and to view.

The design celebrates the existing heritage and enhances public places through public domain upgrades with the aim to re-energize the charm of the Hawkesbury region. The Design has specific aims for the town centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor:

  • Richmond - to be an Activated Cultural Destination
  • South Windsor - to be an Updated Contemporary Town Centre
  • Windsor - to focus on River Heritage, Civic Boulevards and Vibrant People Places.

The planned upgrades will see all three town centres receiving advanced street tree planting that will create a magnificent 'green boulevard'. We are trying to mitigate climate change and create long term liveability of the Hawkesbury Town Centres. We know that Western Sydney experiences extreme heat in summer (and is only getting hotter) and we are looking to future proof the liveability and, economic stability of the LGA. By implementing street trees, we can also reduce the reliance of cars (by improving walkability through creating greener, shaded streets). This also meets Council's environmental sustainability targets (reduced temperatures and increased biodiversity).

  • Richmond Town Centre will receive tree planting, street upgrades, parklets and crossing upgrades as well as park furniture and open space improvements.
  • South Windsor Town Centre will include realigned parking compliant accessible spaces in Mullinger Lane, pedestrian crossings introduced and upgraded, lighting, water sensitive urban design (WSUD) garden beds, tree planting, footpath upgrades (paving and furniture) and crossing upgrades.
  • Windsor Town Centre will consist of enhanced paving, street furniture which is sensitive to heritage and the existing character, planting and pedestrian crossing upgrades. In the Windsor Mall the creation of a space for activation and events which will increase pedestrian activity, new upgraded paving, furniture upgrades, outdoor dining areas and planting.

Throughout all three town centres Council are continuing to engage with business and property owners to investigate collaborative opportunities.

There will be a minimal reduction in the total number of existing on-street parking spaces wherever possible. Council has taken community feedback into account and as a result, Council is looking to plant the new trees in existing footpath verges. Where this is not possible, the new trees will be planted in the existing carriageway. Place Design Group has also sought creative solutions to mitigate loss of existing car parking areas.

Click here to see the design for further details.


As part of the Western Parkland City Liveability Program, Hawkesbury City Council has created the Liveability project to revitalise the town centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor through public domain upgrades, place-making and activation initiatives, stakeholder partnerships and commercial opportunities.

To make this happen, Council engaged Place Design Group to deliver the detailed design for revitalising the town centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor. The concept design is now on Council's community engagement website, Your Hawkesbury Your Say at www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au for community members and to view.

The design celebrates the existing heritage and enhances public places through public domain upgrades with the aim to re-energize the charm of the Hawkesbury region. The Design has specific aims for the town centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor:

  • Richmond - to be an Activated Cultural Destination
  • South Windsor - to be an Updated Contemporary Town Centre
  • Windsor - to focus on River Heritage, Civic Boulevards and Vibrant People Places.

The planned upgrades will see all three town centres receiving advanced street tree planting that will create a magnificent 'green boulevard'. We are trying to mitigate climate change and create long term liveability of the Hawkesbury Town Centres. We know that Western Sydney experiences extreme heat in summer (and is only getting hotter) and we are looking to future proof the liveability and, economic stability of the LGA. By implementing street trees, we can also reduce the reliance of cars (by improving walkability through creating greener, shaded streets). This also meets Council's environmental sustainability targets (reduced temperatures and increased biodiversity).

  • Richmond Town Centre will receive tree planting, street upgrades, parklets and crossing upgrades as well as park furniture and open space improvements.
  • South Windsor Town Centre will include realigned parking compliant accessible spaces in Mullinger Lane, pedestrian crossings introduced and upgraded, lighting, water sensitive urban design (WSUD) garden beds, tree planting, footpath upgrades (paving and furniture) and crossing upgrades.
  • Windsor Town Centre will consist of enhanced paving, street furniture which is sensitive to heritage and the existing character, planting and pedestrian crossing upgrades. In the Windsor Mall the creation of a space for activation and events which will increase pedestrian activity, new upgraded paving, furniture upgrades, outdoor dining areas and planting.

Throughout all three town centres Council are continuing to engage with business and property owners to investigate collaborative opportunities.

There will be a minimal reduction in the total number of existing on-street parking spaces wherever possible. Council has taken community feedback into account and as a result, Council is looking to plant the new trees in existing footpath verges. Where this is not possible, the new trees will be planted in the existing carriageway. Place Design Group has also sought creative solutions to mitigate loss of existing car parking areas.

Click here to see the design for further details.


  • Geotechnical work to commence at Richmond, South Windsor

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    Geotechnical work is about to commence at Richmond and South Windsor as part of the Western Parkland City Liveability Program which aims to revitalise the town centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor. Geotechnical work for Windsor will occur at a later date.

    The contracted geotechnical engineers will test the existing ground conditions in the town centres on Thursday, 2 September and Friday, 3 September 2021. This will involve the drilling of several geotechnical investigation boreholes in test locations which will range from 100 to 200mm in diameter. The holes will then be backfilled and resurfaced.

    Plans indicating the testing site locations are available here.

    Council is upgrading the public spaces of South Windsor, Richmond and Windsor with funding from the Western Parkland City Liveability Program, a joint agreement between Federal, State and Local governments.

    Concept designs for all three town centres can be viewed here.

  • Plans for Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor town centres revealed

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    Big changes are coming soon to Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor town centres with more trees, and improved community and pedestrian spaces.

    The projects are being funded through the Western Parkland City Liveability Program, a joint agreement between Federal, State and Local governments. Hawkesbury City Council nominated the revitalisation of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor town centres as its three projects.

    Council engaged Place Design Group to deliver the detailed design for revitalising the town centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor. The concept designs are now on Council's community engagement website, Your Hawkesbury Your Say at www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au for the community to view.

    The designs celebrate the existing heritage of these three town centres while improving the public places to boost and support the charm of the Hawkesbury region. The designs have specific aims for the town centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor:

    • Richmond - to be a vibrant cultural destination that attracts tourists locally and from across the state
    • South Windsor - to be an updated contemporary town centre that provides for the needs of the local community and supports local businesses
    • Windsor – to attract visitors to the centre by preserving and enhancing the natural and built heritage

    Under the plans, mature trees will be planted in all three town centres to create a magnificent 'green boulevard', while pavement and pedestrian safety improvements will encourage visitors to walk and remain longer in our town centres.

    Hawkesbury City Mayor Patrick Conolly said the changes will improve the environment, enhance the towns’ reputation as great places to visit and support local business.

    “We want to both mitigate climate change and make long-lasting positive improvements to the Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor town centres,” Mayor Conolly said.

    “We know that Western Sydney already experiences extreme heat in summer and we are looking to futureproof the liveability and economic stability of the Hawkesbury.

    “By planting street trees we can also reduce the reliance of cars by creating shaded spaces visitors are excited to visit and experience on foot.”

    These improvements also meet Council's environmental sustainability targets (reduced temperatures and increased biodiversity).

    The improvements include:

    • Richmond Town Centre - tree planting, street upgrades, parklets and crossing upgrades as well as park furniture and open space improvements and an informal path to Richmond Post Office Site.

    • South Windsor Town Centre - realigned parking with compliant accessible parking spaces in Mullinger Lane, new and improved pedestrian crossings, lighting, water efficient garden beds, tree planting, improved footpath paving and street furniture.

    • Windsor Town Centre - enhanced paving and street furniture which is sensitive to heritage and the existing character; tree planting and pedestrian crossing upgrades. Windsor Mall would receive an events and performance space which will increase pedestrian activity, new upgraded paving, furniture upgrades, outdoor dining areas and tree planting.

    Council has taken community feedback into account and as a result, Council is looking to plant the new trees in existing footpath verges wherever possible. Where this is not possible, new trees will be planted in the existing roadway in new small garden spaces, with every effort made to protect as much on street parking as possible.

    Western Parkland City Liveability Program

    This project is supported by the Western Parkland City Liveability Program and funded by all three levels of government via the Western Sydney City Deal. The Western Parkland City Liveability Program is a key commitment of the Western Sydney City Deal. The City Deals Liveability Program was established to enable each Council to implement a project to provide infrastructure improvements that will improve the built and natural environments and enable economic and social prosperity.

    For further information about the Master Plan and Public Domain Plan, Liveability Project, ‘Revitalising Our Town Centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor’, visit yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au or contact Council’s Manager, City Design and Economic Development on (02) 4560 4444 or email council@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

  • Council to enhance public domains and celebrate heritage with Place Design Group

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    As part of the Western Parkland City Liveability Program, Hawkesbury City Council has engaged Place Design Group to deliver the detailed design for revitalising the town centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor.

    Place Design Group’s design component of the Liveability Project will bring the Masterplan vision to fruition. The design will celebrate existing heritage and enhance public places through public domain upgrades, activation initiatives and place-making, with the aim to re-energize the charm of the Hawkesbury region.

    The Design Phase of the Hawkesbury City Council’s Master Plan and Public Domain Plan ‘Revitalising Our Town Centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor’ has specific aims for the town centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor:

    Richmond – to be an Activated Cultural Destination

    South Windsor – to be an Updated Contemporary Town Centre

    Windsor – to focus on River Heritage, Civic Boulevards and Vibrant People Places.

    Once the detailed design is completed, it will be placed on Council’s community engagement website, Your Hawkesbury Your Say at www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au

    Western Parkland City Liveability Program

    Council has created this project to revitalise the town centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor through public domain upgrades, place-making and activation initiatives, stakeholder partnerships and commercial opportunities. This project is supported by the Western Parkland City Liveability Program and funded by all three levels of government via the Western Sydney City Deal. The Western Parkland City Liveability Program is a key commitment of the Western Sydney City Deal. The City Deals Liveability Program was established to enable each Council to implement a project to provide infrastructure improvements that will improve the built and natural environments and enable economic and social prosperity.

    For further information about the Master Plan and Public Domain Plan, Liveability Project, ‘Revitalising Our Town Centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor’, visit www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au or contact Council’s Manager, City Design and Economic Development on (02) 4560 4444.

  • Council activates its Masterplan to Revitalise Town Centre

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    Hawkesbury City Council’s Master Plan and Public Domain Plan ‘Revitalising Our Town Centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor’, the Liveability Project, has received the green light from Council, and now it’s all systems go to ensure the town centres become appealing destinations.

    Council has specific aims for the Town Centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor:

    • Richmond – to be an Activated Cultural Destination
    • South Windsor – to be an Updated Contemporary Town Centre
    • Windsor – to focus on River Heritage, Civic Boulevards and Vibrant People Places.

    The Liveability Project has two key components. Firstly, it identifies town centre master plan strategies to provide an overarching framework to guide change and revitalisation. The second component is a public domain concept plan for a focus area within each centre. The public domain plan includes a vision, design features, guidelines and a maintenance plan.

    Led by the Town Centres Master Plan Working Group, Council created the Liveability Project to revitalise the town centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor through public domain upgrades, place-making and activation initiatives, stakeholder partnerships and commercial opportunities. This project is supported by the Western Parkland City Liveability Program and funded by all three levels of government via the Western Sydney City Deal.

    Council’s vision is that the Hawkesbury can be a vibrant and collaborative community living in harmony with our history and environment, whilst valuing diversity, striving for innovation, a strong economy and retaining the Hawkesbury lifestyle and identity. The project aims to:

    • Reinforce strengths of existing village identity, heritage and setting of key town centres
    • Foster partnerships between the community, stakeholders and decision makers
    • Slower, safer streets for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists
    • Better access and wayfinding to key destinations and parking
    • Attractive town centres with high quality footpaths, furniture and landscaping
    • Benefit to local businesses with more pedestrian activity, placemaking and improved image to attract more residents, visitors and businesses
    • Greener Town Centres with improved park space with more amenity, more trees and shade, cooler streets and reduced carbon emissions
    • Healthy, inclusive community with more active transport, enhanced social environments, reduced obesity and improved mental health
    • Work with business operators and owners to improve facades and shop fronts.

    The Town Centres Master Plan Working Group, including Chairperson Councillor Danielle Wheeler, Councillor Emma-Jane Garrow, business owners and community representatives, worked together over 2017-2020 to ensure that the town centres of Windsor, Richmond and South Windsor become vibrant hubs through the project.

    ‘I especially want to thank everyone in our Working Group for their incredible dedication to this important project,” Chairperson Councillor Wheeler said.

    “To see this all become a reality is going to mean so much to our community members, including the local businesses on the ground and our wider business community, and of course to everyone who worked as volunteer members of the Working Group. Thank you to everyone involved, and we look forward to a great celebration when it is completed.”

    Following the public exhibition of the Draft Masterplan and Public Domain Plan for Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor, Council noted the outcome of the public exhibition of the Draft Masterplan and Public Domain Plan and resolved to adopt the Masterplan and Public Domain Plan for Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor, with the following conditions:

    • No commitment to open the south end of Windsor Mall
    • No endorsement of a bridge to Windsor beach due to feasibility concerns
    • Retain the water wheel and gas lights
    • Note that the delicate balance between heritage, flooding, increased density and building style is not adequately addressed
    • Recommend that any new, three or four storey residential development include set-backs with the front storey lower, and prevention of shading and overlooking of lower density adjacent blocks.

    Council has adopted the plans and approved the list of projects for detailed design:


    WINDSOR

    George Street – Green tree boulevarde, street furniture, integrate public art, cleaning of the town centre.

    Mall (South, between Fitzgerald and Kable Streets) Pedestrians Only – trees to be planted to align with the rest of George Street, create clear sightlines, high quality furniture and lighting, reintroduce car parking – potential one way traffic, create an adaptable space to allow the continuation of markets and events.

    Mall (North, between Kable and Baker Street) Pedestrians Only – extend tree planting to align with the rest of George Street, high quality pavement, street furniture and lighting.

    Thompson Square - Outdoor dining upgrades, cleaning, tidying, sightlines improved, nicer space.





    SOUTH WINDSOR

    George Street Streetscape – Green tree boulevarde, street trees linking South Windsor from McLeod Park to the train station, new seating with parklets – to allow places to occupy and sit.

    Bereewan Park Upgrades – Staged plan for works with initial upgrade to include tree planting and formalisation of path network, investigation into community garden.





    RICHMOND

    Windsor Street – Green tree boulevarde, new seating (parklets to provide opportunities for outdoor dining) and lighting.

    Richmond Park – oval activation – New seating, pedestrian connectivity to town.


    Community consultation

    The Liveability Project involved extensive community consultation via social media, Council’s website and Council community engagement site Your Hawkesbury Your say, face to face consultation at the town centres, media promotion, advertising and two community surveys during the lifecycle of the project.

    The survey asked community members for their thoughts and comments on each town centre. A total of 397 responses were received for this survey. For all priorities and details on the survey, see www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au/lptc

    Windsor Town Centre

    The survey revealed that what community members like about Windsor is the community feel, the heritage buildings, the wide open spaces, the variety of shops and shop keepers caring about their shops and the mall space. Community feedback included a desire to not open the road all the way, to keep an area for families and children, greater police presence, buskers for entertainment.

    As part of the survey, community members had the chance to prioritise key projects for Windsor and give community feedback of their priorities, which included:

    • Priority 1 – George Street Streetscape – formal tree boulevarde
    • Priority 2 – Mall (South end, between Fitzgerald and Kable Streets) *Shared pedestrian zone (reopened to cars), trees planted and aligned with George Street, clear sightlines, quality furniture, lighting, reintroduce car parking. *Council acknowledged all priorities, however it was decided that the South end of Windsor Mall would not be reopened to cars.
    • Priority 3- Mall (North end, between Kable and Baker Street) Pedestrians only, extend tree planting to align with George Street, high quality pavement, street furniture and lighting.

    Richmond Town Centre

    Survey respondents stated that they liked Richmond Park as it centres the town as a destination, the variety of shops, the care of shop keepers and building owners, cafes and food options, heritage buildings, and the country feel. Community feedback included that one end of Windsor Street is busy and the other end quiet, the idea to light the place up at Christmas and that Council needs to support more initiatives.

    For Richmond, community members prioritised key projects for Richmond:

    • Priority 1 – Windsor Street Streetscape – Green Tree Boulevarde, new seating, street furniture, lighting, bollards and lighting for events, parklets for outdoor dining
    • Priority 2 – Richmond Park Oval Activation – Pedestrian connectivity of crossing and pathways, new seating, improve arrival appearance, event space, public wifi
    • Priority 3 – Regent Theatre Forecourt, framed by street trees and seating.

    South Windsor Town Centre

    For South Windsor, community members prioritised the options and gave community feedback including that they liked the community feel, the opportunity for growth, good range of shops for food and beverage. Priorities:

    • Priority 1 – George Street Streetscape – Green Boulevarde with street trees linking South Windsor from McLeod Park to the Train Station, new seating
    • Priority 2 – Berweean Park Upgrades (corner George Street and Bell Street) – more greenery and canopy, formal path network, activate park with play equipment or courts
    • Priority 3 – George Street Parklets with places to sit.

    Western Parkland City Liveability Program

    Council has created this project to revitalise the town centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor through public domain upgrades, place-making and activation initiatives, stakeholder partnerships and commercial opportunities. This project is supported by the Western Parkland City Liveability Program and funded by all three levels of government via the Western Sydney City Deal. The Western Parkland City Liveability Program is a key commitment of the Western Sydney City Deal. The City Deals Liveability Program was established to enable each Council to implement a project to provide infrastructure improvements that will improve the built and natural environments and enable economic and social prosperity. The total value of the Liveability Program is $18.75 million per Council comprising $15 million from the Commonwealth and State Government and a further matching $3.75 million from Council.

    Council acknowledges the work of the Members of the Town Centre Master Plan Working Group in completing their role in the development of the Masterplan and Public Domain Plan.

    For further information about the Master Plan and Public Domain Plan, Liveability Project, Revitalising Our Town Centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor, visit www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au/lptc or contact Council’s Manager, City Design and Economic Development on (02) 4560 4444.

  • Community Consultations at Town Centres

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    Come and join us this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the following locations to view the Master Plan, ask questions, complete the survey and Have Your Say on your town centres.

    ➡️Friday 14 August, South Windsor Shops from 10.30am - 2.30pm
    ➡️Saturday 15 August, Richmond Good Food Markets, Richmond Park from 8.00am - 1.00pm
    ➡️Sunday 16 August, Windsor Mall Markets, Windsor from 9.00am - 3.00pm

  • Revitalising Our Town Centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor

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    Council at its Ordinary Meeting on 27 July 2020 resolved to place on exhibition The Draft Master Plan and Public Domain Plan, Liveability Project, Revitalising Our Town Centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor.

    The Draft Master Plan and Public Domain Plan, Liveability Project, Revitalising Our Town Centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor will be on public exhibition from Monday 3 August 2020 to Monday 31 August 2020.

    The documents relating to this project can be found to the Document Library, this includes an interactive document which can be viewed here(External link).

    Click here for the community survey.

    The purpose of this project is to revitalise the town centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor through public domain upgrades, place-making and activation initiatives, stakeholder partnerships and commercial opportunities. This project is supported by the Western Parkland City Liveability Program and funded by all three levels of government via the Western Sydney City Deal.

    To support this transformation and address key issues, Council needs a master plan to ensure the town centres become appealing destinations.

    The project has two key components. Firstly it identifies town centre master plan strategies that provide an overarching framework to guide change and revitalisation. The second outcome is a public domain concept plan for a focus area within each centre. The public domain plan includes a vision, design features, guidelines and a maintenance plan.

    A copy of the Draft Master Plan and Public Domain Plan, Liveability Project, Revitalising Our Town Centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor can be viewed at Council’s Administration Building, 366 George Street, Windsor during office hours 8:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

    Learn more about the future of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor by clicking through the interactive document to see what is proposed. Have your say now. Closes end 31 August 2020.

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