Help shape the Helensburgh Town Centre Plan

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Your Vision for your town centre!

The draft Helensburgh Town Centre Plan sets out a shared community Vision and Strategies which form an action plan for the Town Centre.

This work is based on technical analysis, and community consultation undertaken in 2019 which included an online survey, workshops with local school children, and 2 community workshops.

We are now asking for your feedback on the draft Plan.

Please view the draft of the Helensburgh Town Centre Plan, the FAQs and video to the right of your screen and register to join the conversation.

As part of shaping the future of Helensburgh, Council is bringing together a series of strategic projects in partnership with the community. Currently, we are sharing three key projects for your comment - the draft Helensburgh Town Centre Plan, the draft Streetscape Masterplan, and the Library and Community Centre Option. We encourage you to have a look at each of these projects and share your ideas and thoughts.


How to share your thoughts

Complete the survey
There is a survey where you can provide your opinion

Online Q&A
Ask us questions about the draft Plan. We will respond to questions once a week.

You can also email engagement@wollongong.nsw.gov.au

Or Phone (02) 4227 7111

If you’re Deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can contact us through the National Relay Service. You’ll need to provide our phone number 02 4227 7111.

If you need an interpreter you can contact us through the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131450. You’ll need to provide our phone number 02 4227 7111.

Please read Council's Privacy Notification before submitting your feedback.

Submissions close 22 June 2020

Your Vision for your town centre!

The draft Helensburgh Town Centre Plan sets out a shared community Vision and Strategies which form an action plan for the Town Centre.

This work is based on technical analysis, and community consultation undertaken in 2019 which included an online survey, workshops with local school children, and 2 community workshops.

We are now asking for your feedback on the draft Plan.

Please view the draft of the Helensburgh Town Centre Plan, the FAQs and video to the right of your screen and register to join the conversation.

As part of shaping the future of Helensburgh, Council is bringing together a series of strategic projects in partnership with the community. Currently, we are sharing three key projects for your comment - the draft Helensburgh Town Centre Plan, the draft Streetscape Masterplan, and the Library and Community Centre Option. We encourage you to have a look at each of these projects and share your ideas and thoughts.


How to share your thoughts

Complete the survey
There is a survey where you can provide your opinion

Online Q&A
Ask us questions about the draft Plan. We will respond to questions once a week.

You can also email engagement@wollongong.nsw.gov.au

Or Phone (02) 4227 7111

If you’re Deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can contact us through the National Relay Service. You’ll need to provide our phone number 02 4227 7111.

If you need an interpreter you can contact us through the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131450. You’ll need to provide our phone number 02 4227 7111.

Please read Council's Privacy Notification before submitting your feedback.

Submissions close 22 June 2020

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

If you have any questions about the Helensburgh Town Centre Plan please ask them here. We will answer all questions Thursday every week.

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    The plan looks great, however, where are the locals going to park when they go shopping? Parking is extremely limited now and with these changes to Walker Street and with the increase in population is only going to get worse. If Coles carpark is full, it looks like it will be a long walk to get to the centre of town.

    AWhite asked 5 months ago

    Council conducted parking surveys as part of the preparation of this work and it was identified that there is sufficient parking in Helensburgh to cater for the expected demands. 

    Feedback from the community indicated that one of the key objectives of the masterplan was creating a walkable town centre. Creating additional parking spaces within the immediate vicinity of the shops competes with this objective as it increases the amount of vehicles within the town centre. 

    We will be improving the accessibility to nearby on street parking by providing an accessible footpath along the western side of Walker St at kerb level and additional crossing points throughout the town centre.

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    Why change the through parking area at Charles Harper Park on Parkes St to single entry / exit, remove the parking outside the post office and change the parking to 90 degrees when the current arrangement works well for the town and is less traffic flow issues? NF1 Member

    warwicke asked 5 months ago

    The new layout with 90 degree parking caters for the same amount of vehicles as the current car park. Removing the exit and one way operation provides a greater separation between buses, cars and pedestrians, improving the functionality of the space. It also provides the room required for the town square upgrade and an opportunity to improve accessibility within the car park.

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    Please explain why the intension is to remove parking places in the Parkes St car park at Charles Harper park? Why the 90 degree parking and removal of the exit?

    warwicke asked 5 months ago

    The new layout with 90 degree parking caters for the same amount of vehicles as the current car park. Removing the exit and one way operation provides a greater separation between buses, cars and pedestrians, improving the functionality of the space. It also provides the room required for the town square upgrade and an opportunity to improve accessibility within the car park.

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    Will the timed parking be reviewed? Where is the parking for workers in the retails businesses of Helensburgh? Retail Business - NF1 member

    warwicke asked 5 months ago

    Timed parking is provided in the Town Centre to provide parking turnover and make spaces available to those wishing to park for a limited time to access the shops and businesses. Council regularly reviews timed parking in the LGA. All day parking is provided further from the Town Centre as there is less turn over than shorter timed parking.

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    Can we have more Disabled Parking in the CBD of Helensburgh? NF1 Member

    warwicke asked 5 months ago

    More Accessible parking can be considered in the further refinement of the design providing sufficient space can be identified to provide complying accessible parking spaces.

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    Why cant the pedestrian crossing in Parkes St be closer to the roundabout so less parking places are lost? Example Flora and Eton Sts Sutherland. NFD1 Member

    warwicke asked 5 months ago

    The marked pedestrian crossing is located about 19m from the Parkes and Walker streets roundabout so that a truck may be able to stop at the marked crossing and not block traffic in the roundabout.                                                                               Additional design work is being undertaken to see what type of alternate pedestrian facility may be included closer to the intersection and replace the marked pedestrian crossing.

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    To address the issue of parking in WalkerSt why not set back the western kerb back approximately 1 metre to allow 45 degree angle parking . This should have minimal impact on the root system of the existing trees while allowing more spaces and easier parking. NF1 Member

    warwicke asked 5 months ago

    To provide angled parking, the length of the parking must be at least 6m. In order to achieve this length an additional 2m excavation would be required to provide a setback for the overhang of a car and enough room to construct the kerb. In total the kerb would need to move west by approximately 3.5m. This would have an adverse impact on the existing trees. The proposed arrangement allows for the trees to be retained and an accessible pathway the entire length of western kerb with no net loss of parking.