How is this pilot project being funded?

    In April 2022, Council was successful in securing a grant from NSW Government to create and trial a new public place for Cardiff town centre.

    The NSW Government’s Streets as Shared Spaces program provides funding for councils to test and pilot innovative ideas that temporarily adapt streets as safe, shared public spaces to support healthier, safe and resilient communities.

    Lake Macquarie City Council was awarded $496,470.00 to trial the Veronica Place pilot project in Cardiff.

    What will the Veronica Street road closure mean for parking and traffic flow management?

    To enable the pilot project, there will be a loss of approximately 6 parking spaces on Veronica Street. Vehicles will be able to access Veronica Street via Taylor Street, Cardiff.

    Council will work with Transport for NSW to determine if alterations to traffic light phasing on Harrison Street are needed to cater for the road closure.

    Council is working with Australia Post to allow Council’s heavy vehicles to use the driveway on their property to manoeuvre the vehicles around the no through road.  

    More information will be provided to the community via letter box drops, 6 – 8 weeks prior to construction.

    How will this trial benefit local businesses?

    Veronica Place is expected to be constructed and in use by the end of October 2022. The space will be trialled for approximately 6 months, until 28 April 2023.

    There is a growing body of work that suggests local businesses will benefit from removing on road car parks and reallocating street space so that people, not traffic and parking, have priority.

    This great video resource from Urbis shows an evaluation of the benefits of reallocating parking spaces into outdoor public space and how they are both good for business, the broader economy and the local community. They discuss the nuanced uses of kerbs to support businesses and communities as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and navigate society's growing preference for online shopping and delivery services.

    State Government is also investing heavily better public spaces. Councils across NSW are now receiving up to $500,000 in State Government grant funding to deliver trials that test changes that strengthen the amenity, accessibility and economic vitality of a high street and surrounding area. 

    As part of the grant funded Veronica Place trial, Council will deliver 3 small activation events. We will also be seeking feedback from business throughout the duration of the pilot to determine if the function and use of the space is making a positive difference to local centre businesses and visitors as a whole.

    When will the community receive more information regarding about the construction of Veronica Place?

    A notification about construction timelines will be sent to the community via letter box drops, 6-8 weeks prior to construction commencing. 

    You can also register your interest for project updates via this Shape Lake Mac web page.

    How will Veronica Place be maintained?

    Grant funding has been allocated for maintenance to be undertaken on regular basis throughout the duration of the pilot program.

    How can I receive updates about this project?

    Please register your interest for project updates via this Shape Lake Mac web page.

    The community will also be notified regarding key project milestones via letter box drops, signage at Cardiff shops and Cardiff Library, and Council’s social media channels. 

    The next round of communications will occur 6 – 8 weeks prior to construction. 

    Who can I speak to for more information?

    Please email council@lakemac.nsw.gov.au or phone 4921 0333 and you will be directed to the relevant staff member.