The future of Unley’s Village Green is in good hands. Council has accepted a report on the findings of our Civic Precinct Working Group into how our village green may look into the future.
We are blessed to have a community that cherishes the environment in which they live. Accordingly, members of our Civic Precinct Working Group, have provided us with a blueprint for the future of our Village Green. With such as this, the future of the Village Green is in good hands.
They have, without elected member influence, willingly provided Council an insight into how the village green may look going forward. As a result, I have confidence in saying the Village Green is in good hands.
I repeat my thank you (at our recent council meeting) to the Civic Precinct Working Group. They gave their time to prepare the vision we have accepted on behalf of our community. As I indicated to the gallery at our last Council meeting, the people on this committee have experienced what it is like to be on Council, to consider what is good for our community.
They must feel good about their contribution. Well done, each of you.
The committee has provided your elected members a raft of opportunities for further consideration.
They have provided Council with a blueprint that focuses on the following:
1. The Unley Civic Precinct should attract more of the local
community to access and enjoy the precinct, providing greater
flexibility of use during the day and early evenings;
2. The Unley Civic Precinct is defined by the quality of its safer
local streetscapes, built and natural heritage, flexible public
spaces and diversity of community services;
3. The Unley Civic Precinct provides greater co-ordination
between the different stakeholders to provide for the needs of
the local community; and
4. The Unley Civic Precinct is a central community destination,
supported by a program of services, events and activities, in a
range of greener civic settings.
A number of options has been provided to us to achieve these aims. As a result, it is possible that the village green itself could grow in size along with a number of other improvements. Something many may remember I have long promoted as a potential for the future. I particularly was encouraged with a number of considerations were considered that would tidy up the architecture of the rear of the cottages along Edmund Avenue.
They even considered a need to refocus the Civic Centre to integrate better with the green and with Oxford Street. In other words, to have the Civic Centre open up to the surrounding facility rather than focus inward.
For further detail of their report go to page 29 of the agenda for the July 23 Council meeting.