In response to the NSW Health stay at home order, Council services, facilities and events have been impacted. Important changes to the status of Council services will take place from Monday 18 October 2021.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the greater Newcastle and Hunter Valley areas, NSW Health has issued a stay at home order. Following the NSW Government's Roadmap to Reopening announcement, there will be further changes from Monday 18 October.
With the opening of the Hunter Expressway the Branxton CBD returned from being a main regional thoroughfare, to a village centre. Council engaged Moir Landscape Architecture to develop a conceptual design to make the village centre more approachable and secure for pedestrian users, providing more open space and amenity along Maitland Street including tree planting and general street-scaping beautification. The outcome of this conceptual design was the ‘Branxton Town Centre Public Domain Plan and Implementation Plan’.
Council sought, and were successful in obtaining, funding from the State Government, under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program (LRCIP) to complete a small project in the Branxton CBD that aligns with and fulfils the intent of the Branxton Town Centre Public Domain Plan and Implementation Plan, stages 1 & 2 of which have already been completed.
This project involves the creation of a shared space along 30m of Church Street, Branxton from its intersection with Maitland Street. The width of the shared space is approximately 8m. The total area of treatment is 240m2. Church Street is a no-through road that services the rear car park for one business and a service area for the other. Traffic through this space is low and infrequent.
The reclamation of this space will have significant enduring benefits for these businesses and provide an intimate public space for public events (markets, exhibitions, music events) and to celebrate the heritage buildings and streetscape. The space will also include much needed bicycle parking infrastructure associated with the Branxton to Greta Memorial Cycleway.
The approved scope of work under the grant includes: