Camperdown's main street to get safer, prettier

MAJOR improvements to pedestrian safety are on the drawing board in the first revamp of Camperdown’s main street in two decades.

Camperdown’s Manifold Street will undergo major improvements under two concept plans released yesterday. 140514DW50 Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Camperdown’s Manifold Street will undergo major improvements under two concept plans released yesterday. 140514DW50 Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Two concept plans released yesterday for the central business district include new pedestrian refuges, properly defined splitter islands and extra crossings along the highway and service road.

Residents are now being urged to have their say on the streetscape concept plans for Manifold Street from Brooke to Cressy streets.

They were drawn up by a landscape architect after a series of street walks and sessions, attracting 45 submissions in June.

Mayor Chris O’Connor said many ideas raised related to improving the appearance of shopfronts, removing rubbish bins and garden beds from the centre of Finlay Avenue, improving the safety and appearance of the pedestrian islands and lighting the avenue trees. 

The plans also include the expansion of the town square and an area outside the post office to create a large central space for festivals and events.

A new forecourt in front of the tourist information centre and shire offices has been suggested as a venue for displays and events. 

New central pathways are proposed through the centre of the avenue, with better access points for pedestrians.

The line-marked splitter island along the centre of the highway would be replaced with raised bluestone kerb and asphalt to prevent motorists performing illegal u-turns and provide safer refuge for pedestrians.

The Returned Services League will be consulted on proposed work around the war memorial, including paving on the upper landing area and the installation of a permanent access ramp and new steps.

Cr O’Connor said there were some concerns raised about how the plans would impact on parking spaces.

“Some suggestions were also outside the scope of the project,” Cr O’Connor said. 

“For instance, improvements to shop facades are being addressed through other council programs.” 

The council will review submissions at its August meeting and determine a preferred streetscape plan. Cr O’Connor encouraged residents to view and comment on the plans before Friday, August 22. 

“We’d like to get a feel for which way the community is leaning on the concepts, what elements are popular, and which are not,” he said.

“Expanding the town square creating a hub of activity incorporating both sides of the street will have a positive impact but it does also impact the number of car spaces in the vicinity,” he said.

The plans can be viewed at the council offices, the courthouse or online at www.corangamite.vic.gov.au

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