Plan for Macarthur’s Market Street Endorsed

Published on 25 September 2019

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Market Street in Macarthur is set to become a cultural and recreational hub for both residents and visitors after Council this week endorsed the Macarthur Market Street Precinct Plan.

View the plan here(PDF, 1MB)

Developed from consultation with community groups and residents, the Plan outlines strategies that guide future development and investment in the Precinct.

Moyne Shire Mayor, Cr Mick Wolfe said the Plan was developed in conjunction with community groups that currently use the Precinct, local residents and businesses.

“Council’s priority in developing this Plan was to ensure that all interested stakeholders were involved,” Cr Wolfe said.

“With the Precinct already used by groups such as the YMCA, the Bowls and Tennis Clubs, and the swimming pool, it was important that we came up with a Plan that not only addresses current issues, but will also give the Precinct a distinct function and purpose.

“The future Precinct will serve as the community hub for Macarthur, able to host a range of different activities and events, while bringing people together and supporting nearby businesses that surround the area.

“Key projects identified in the Plan include a new splash-pad and toddler pool, new barbeque areas, and upgrades to the tennis courts, where the two current courts would be reduced to a single multi-use court that could be used for sports such as basketball and netball, as well as tennis.

“The multi-use court would be part of a new family space that would also include a new playground, picnic shelter and new public toilets.

“Future works at the Bowls Club were also considered in the development of the Plan, addressing their future needs for improved amenities and storage.

“Working with the Gunditj Mirring Corporation, the plan also includes development of a cultural garden and walk featuring indigenous plants and other materials, and providing an introduction into the history and culture of local indigenous communities.

“With Budj Bim National Park now a World heritage listed site, Macarthur is likely to see an increase in visitors – having an introduction to our regional cultural history will encourage them to stopover, rather than drive straight through.”

A number of community members and businesses discussed future options for parking which has resulted in the Plan outlining some additional parking opportunities, as well as the need to conduct a Traffic Management Study for the area.

Projects identified within the Macarthur Market Street Precinct Plan are prioritised into short, medium and long-term priorities, based on factors such as the significance to the local community, or the logical sequencing of the projects.

“Having a strategic plan for the Precinct enables all stakeholders; Council, community, government and others, to work together to implement the projects over the next five to ten years.”