Hahndorf Main Street Upgrade

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In 2018, Mount Barker District Council endorsed the widely consulted on Hahndorf Township Plan, which identified as a key priority the upgrade of the main street. The need for the upgrade is driven by a number of factors:

  • Ageing, and in places, failing physical assets including seating, footpaths, kerb and landscaping; and
  • Ever increasing tourism activity, creating pressure for continued investment to ensure the public realm keeps pace with private investment occurring in the street.

Design and consultation

Concept plans are currently being prepared by an external consultant, Clover Green Space. Council has been engaging with community and trader groups on the initial design and it is expected that broad community consultation on the concept plans will occur mid 2019. Further information on consultation will be available as Council progresses.

The scope of the project includes:

  • Upgraded footpaths 
  • New pedestrian lighting 
  • New streetscape furniture (including seats, banner signs and bins)
  • Additional landscaping
  • Provision for smart technology (e.g. sensors, WiFi, CCTV and similar).

Council is working with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) on the design of the upgrade (as Mount Barker Road is owned by the Department). The upgrade project will take into account the DPTI study that is currently underway in and around Hahndorf. Council is also working with State Heritage on the design as much of the Main Street is State Heritage Listed.

Funding the project

In order for construction to commence, Council requires at least 50% of the project to be funded externally. The preliminary cost estimate for the concept design is in the order of $6m. As the project progresses to detailed site assessment and design and through value management processes a further project cost estimate will be prepared enabling the project budget to be finalised.

Council has submitted a number of funding applications to the State and Federal Government, however at this stage the project remains unfunded. Council will continue to pursue funding opportunities through the State and Federal Government as well as through private investment to enable construction of the project.  

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