Buchan - Main Street and Linkages Project

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Buchan Main Street and Linkages Project

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 Sessions

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 - 6pm 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


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 26/10/2021



Buchan Main Street and Linkages Project

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 Sessions

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 - 6pm 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


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 26/10/2021



Page last updated: 26 October 2021, 09:28