Buchan - Main Street and Linkages Project

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Buchan Main Street and Linkages Project

Update - 11 May 2022

Community Consultation Sessions

Since early 2021, with input from the Buchan community, Council has been developing a Streetscape Activation Plan, which looks at enhancements and redevelopment of the Main Street in Buchan.

Two concept plans have been developed which you will find in the document section to the right. The concept plans look at removing and modifying intersections, additional parking, formalising the road and court bowl near the existing toilets, and introducing pedestrian safety measures across Main Street. Also included in the proposed upgrade is the enhancement of the Main Street garden areas with additional plantings and the refreshing of street furniture.

A business activation program will complement the physical works, to ensure that the works maximise economic growth. These works will include business workshops, events, advice on store layout and façade enhancement. The total budget for the project is $2.9 million – with contributions of $2.8 million from the Victorian Government and $100,000 from Council.

Council will be holding on-site community consultation sessions with representatives available to help answer any questions you may have and to listen to your feedback. These sessions will be held at the Buchan Hall, Main Street, Buchan at the following times:

Wednesday, 25 May 8.00 am – 10.00 am

Sunday, 12 June 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Bookings can be made via - https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/buchan-districts-streetscape-community-consultation-sessions-tickets-337733840007/

An online survey is available to participate in the design consultation, which you will find below in the Survey section or here - Buchan - Main Street and Linkages Project | Your Say East Gippsland . There will also be printed copies made available at the community consultation sessions. Additionally, you can share your thoughts on the project by contacting Council’s Acting Senior Project Development Officer via email feedback@egipps.vic.gov.au or via phone on 03 5153 9500.

16 March 2022

Council's Consultants, Village Well have prepared the final Streetscape Activation Plan which is now available for viewing in the documents section of this page. Village Well will be presenting this plan to the Community at a Consultation session on 30 March 2022. To register for this event and for further information please follow the link below:

https://buchancommunitysession.eventbrite.com.au/

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The Buchan Main Street and Linkages Project will boost the tourist economy by improving access to Buchan’s town centre and enhancing its appeal, encouraging people to stop, stay and spend. It will also increase accessibility for the local community to move around town more safely and instinctively.

Council secured $2.8 million in funding for this project from the Victorian Government's Local Economic Recovery Program which is jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian Governments. This funding can explore improvements and refurbishments such as:

  • Reconfiguring the service roads
  • Optimising car parking
  • Increasing visual appeal of the streetscape
  • Landscaping and improved street furniture

A shared path link to the Buchan Caves campground will be introduced to facilitate tourist movement between the popular tourist destination and the town proper, to encourage campers and glampers to walk or cycle to town and spend.

Social and business infrastructure will be designed to leverage the main street and linkage pathways investment and provide existing and new businesses a ‘wrap-around’ service which may include training for key skills, new events and enterprise facilitation services.

This project will be undertaken in two parts:

  1. Buchan Caves Reserve Linkage
  2. Buchan Streetscape Refurbishment

The attached fact sheet will provide more information about the project, including the possible inclusions and improvements to be made. Fact sheets will be produced on a regular basis throughout the duration of the project to keep you and your community members informed about the progress of the project. To stay up to date with the project you can subscribe to project updates in the right hand column.


COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

Council is bringing together a project team of expertise which will ensure that it meets the needs of the local community and secures the local economy into the future. We will work with the team at Village Well to run community consultation on this important project. With this, we would like to introduce you to Village Well who will provide expertise around placemaking and will be one of the first engagements with the community.

Village Well is one of the world’s leading placemaking organisations. For nearly 30 years we have worked with more than 2000 places and communities, revitalising small towns around the world. We lead and facilitate positive and enduring transformation in places and communities, by sharing our insights, building positive stakeholder and team relationships, capacity, and confidence between the ‘many hands, hearts and minds’ that create places.

Village Well have been engaged by East Gippsland Shire Council, together with Steven Burgess from Complete Streets, to guide an inspiring and participatory process with the broader Buchan community and key stakeholders to create a Strategic Placemaking Masterplan for the Buchan Streetscape. This document will be owned by the community and will provide a vision and series of recommendations which aim to inform the streetscape upgrades, programming and future experience of Buchan as a vibrant local heart and much-loved tourist destination within the broader Gippsland region.

We believe it takes a community to make a great place, and we are looking forward to meeting you all.



Community Consultation update - November 2021

With COVID restrictions easing in November the team at Village Well were able to run in person workshops to develop ideas for the project in Buchan. All Buchan District community members were invited to join us at two sessions on 16-17 November 2021. On Tuesday 16 November Village Well and 'streetmakers' Complete Streets hosted an inspiring, engaging and practical workshop to hear your ideas and aspirations for the streetscape and how you think it should connect to the Buchan identity and place experience more broadly. We want to thank the community members who attended the workshop and drop in session to provide feedback and valuable ideas.

This was the first step in the community consultation process to develop the masterplan for the upgrade of Buchan's main street. The team at Village Well are working on the report which will be available for community to review early in 2022. Please subscribe to stay up to date with this project and to learn about further consultation opportunities.


Please click on the News Feed tab below for regular updates. Information will be updated regularly as it becomes available, if you would like to stay up to date, please subscribe.


Information last updated by Project Development Officer on 17 June 2022



Buchan Main Street and Linkages Project

Update - 11 May 2022

Community Consultation Sessions

Since early 2021, with input from the Buchan community, Council has been developing a Streetscape Activation Plan, which looks at enhancements and redevelopment of the Main Street in Buchan.

Two concept plans have been developed which you will find in the document section to the right. The concept plans look at removing and modifying intersections, additional parking, formalising the road and court bowl near the existing toilets, and introducing pedestrian safety measures across Main Street. Also included in the proposed upgrade is the enhancement of the Main Street garden areas with additional plantings and the refreshing of street furniture.

A business activation program will complement the physical works, to ensure that the works maximise economic growth. These works will include business workshops, events, advice on store layout and façade enhancement. The total budget for the project is $2.9 million – with contributions of $2.8 million from the Victorian Government and $100,000 from Council.

Council will be holding on-site community consultation sessions with representatives available to help answer any questions you may have and to listen to your feedback. These sessions will be held at the Buchan Hall, Main Street, Buchan at the following times:

Wednesday, 25 May 8.00 am – 10.00 am

Sunday, 12 June 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Bookings can be made via - https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/buchan-districts-streetscape-community-consultation-sessions-tickets-337733840007/

An online survey is available to participate in the design consultation, which you will find below in the Survey section or here - Buchan - Main Street and Linkages Project | Your Say East Gippsland . There will also be printed copies made available at the community consultation sessions. Additionally, you can share your thoughts on the project by contacting Council’s Acting Senior Project Development Officer via email feedback@egipps.vic.gov.au or via phone on 03 5153 9500.

16 March 2022

Council's Consultants, Village Well have prepared the final Streetscape Activation Plan which is now available for viewing in the documents section of this page. Village Well will be presenting this plan to the Community at a Consultation session on 30 March 2022. To register for this event and for further information please follow the link below:

https://buchancommunitysession.eventbrite.com.au/

______________________________________________________________________________________________

The Buchan Main Street and Linkages Project will boost the tourist economy by improving access to Buchan’s town centre and enhancing its appeal, encouraging people to stop, stay and spend. It will also increase accessibility for the local community to move around town more safely and instinctively.

Council secured $2.8 million in funding for this project from the Victorian Government's Local Economic Recovery Program which is jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian Governments. This funding can explore improvements and refurbishments such as:

  • Reconfiguring the service roads
  • Optimising car parking
  • Increasing visual appeal of the streetscape
  • Landscaping and improved street furniture

A shared path link to the Buchan Caves campground will be introduced to facilitate tourist movement between the popular tourist destination and the town proper, to encourage campers and glampers to walk or cycle to town and spend.

Social and business infrastructure will be designed to leverage the main street and linkage pathways investment and provide existing and new businesses a ‘wrap-around’ service which may include training for key skills, new events and enterprise facilitation services.

This project will be undertaken in two parts:

  1. Buchan Caves Reserve Linkage
  2. Buchan Streetscape Refurbishment

The attached fact sheet will provide more information about the project, including the possible inclusions and improvements to be made. Fact sheets will be produced on a regular basis throughout the duration of the project to keep you and your community members informed about the progress of the project. To stay up to date with the project you can subscribe to project updates in the right hand column.


COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

Council is bringing together a project team of expertise which will ensure that it meets the needs of the local community and secures the local economy into the future. We will work with the team at Village Well to run community consultation on this important project. With this, we would like to introduce you to Village Well who will provide expertise around placemaking and will be one of the first engagements with the community.

Village Well is one of the world’s leading placemaking organisations. For nearly 30 years we have worked with more than 2000 places and communities, revitalising small towns around the world. We lead and facilitate positive and enduring transformation in places and communities, by sharing our insights, building positive stakeholder and team relationships, capacity, and confidence between the ‘many hands, hearts and minds’ that create places.

Village Well have been engaged by East Gippsland Shire Council, together with Steven Burgess from Complete Streets, to guide an inspiring and participatory process with the broader Buchan community and key stakeholders to create a Strategic Placemaking Masterplan for the Buchan Streetscape. This document will be owned by the community and will provide a vision and series of recommendations which aim to inform the streetscape upgrades, programming and future experience of Buchan as a vibrant local heart and much-loved tourist destination within the broader Gippsland region.

We believe it takes a community to make a great place, and we are looking forward to meeting you all.



Community Consultation update - November 2021

With COVID restrictions easing in November the team at Village Well were able to run in person workshops to develop ideas for the project in Buchan. All Buchan District community members were invited to join us at two sessions on 16-17 November 2021. On Tuesday 16 November Village Well and 'streetmakers' Complete Streets hosted an inspiring, engaging and practical workshop to hear your ideas and aspirations for the streetscape and how you think it should connect to the Buchan identity and place experience more broadly. We want to thank the community members who attended the workshop and drop in session to provide feedback and valuable ideas.

This was the first step in the community consultation process to develop the masterplan for the upgrade of Buchan's main street. The team at Village Well are working on the report which will be available for community to review early in 2022. Please subscribe to stay up to date with this project and to learn about further consultation opportunities.


Please click on the News Feed tab below for regular updates. Information will be updated regularly as it becomes available, if you would like to stay up to date, please subscribe.


Information last updated by Project Development Officer on 17 June 2022



  • Imagine Buchan Workshop a big success!

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    With COVID restrictions easing in November the team at Village Well were able to run in person workshops to develop ideas for the project in Buchan. All Buchan District community members were invited to join us at two sessions on 16-17 November 2021. On Tuesday 16 November Village Well and 'streetmakers' Complete Streets hosted an inspiring, engaging and practical workshop to hear your ideas and aspirations for the streetscape and how you think it should connect to the Buchan identity and place experience more broadly. We want to thank the community members who attended the workshop and drop in session to provide feedback and valuable ideas.

    This was the first step in the community consultation process to develop the masterplan for the upgrade of Buchan's main street. The team at Village Well are working on the report which will be available for community to review early in 2022. Please subscribe to stay up to date with this project and to learn about further consultation opportunities.

  • Community consultation opens

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    With COVID restrictions easing in November the team at Village Well will be able to run in person workshops to develop ideas for the project. All Buchan District community members are invited to join us at both of the below get togethers.

    Online Meet 'n' Greet - Tuesday 26 October
    Click on the above link to book your place
    Village Well will kick-start their consultation journey in an online Meet 'n' Greet where community members are invited to come along, say hello, learn about the process ahead and ask questions about next steps.

    In-person Imagine Buchan Community Workshop - 6pm Tuesday 16 November
    Click on the above link to book your place
    Village Well and 'streetmakers' Complete Streets will host an inspiring, engaging and practical workshop to hear your ideas and aspirations for the streetscape and how you think it should connect to the Buchan identity and place experience more broadly

  • Preliminary drawings for pathway available to view

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    The design for the pedestrian pathway from the Main Street to the Buchan Caves campsites is well under way. The preliminary drawings can be viewed (see attached document) and Council is working through all the approvals and consents that are required to enable work to proceed with the application to Heritage Victoria.

    We thank you for your patience while this process is being undertaken.

  • Design of shared pathway underway

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    A quick update to let you know that works continue behind the scenes for the development and design of the shared pathway linking the Caves Reserve to the Main Street. Streeter Civil & Engineering Services has been asked to commence detailed design on the shared path from the town to the caves reserve.

Page last updated: 17 Jun 2022, 11:45 AM