• Tony Bosworth

Take a look at concept images for the $18.8m rejuvenation of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor

Revitalising Hawkesbury’s three main town centres takes another small step forward with the release of detailed design images as part of the Liveability project.

The once-in-a-lifetime $18.75m in funding will see more trees, improved community and pedestrian spaces and is being bankrolled through the Western Parkland City Liveability Program, a joint agreement between Federal, State and Council – the latter chipping in $3.75m.

Hawkesbury City Council nominated the revitalisation of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor town centres as its three projects.

The Council paid Place Design Group to deliver the detailed design for revitalising the town centres and the concept designs are now on Council's community engagement website, Your Hawkesbury Your Say at yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au/lptc for the community to view.

According to Council, the designs “celebrate the existing heritage of these three town centres while improving the public places to boost and support the charm of the Hawkesbury region”.

The designs have specific aims for teach town centre:

  • Richmond – to be a vibrant cultural destination that attracts tourists locally and from across the state

  • South Windsor – to be an updated contemporary town centre that provides for the needs of the local community and supports local businesses

  • Windsor – to attract visitors to the centre by preserving and enhancing the natural and built heritage.

How South Windsor's main street could look...

Under the plans, mature trees will be planted in all three town centres to create green boulevards, while pavement and pedestrian safety improvements are being made to hopefully encourage visitors to walk and remain longer in our town centres.

The changes are also aimed at lessening the impacts of climate change.

“We know that Western Sydney already experiences extreme heat in summer and we are looking to future proof the liveability and economic stability of the Hawkesbury," Mayor Patrick Conolly said.

“By planting street trees we can also reduce the reliance of cars by creating shaded spaces visitors are excited to visit and experience on foot,” he said.

The improvements include:

  • Richmond Town Centre - tree planting, street upgrades, parklets and crossing upgrades as well as park furniture and open space improvements and an informal path to Richmond Post Office Site.

  • South Windsor Town Centre - realigned parking with compliant accessible parking spaces in Mullinger Lane, new and improved pedestrian crossings, lighting, water efficient garden beds, tree planting, improved footpath paving and street furniture.

  • Windsor Town Centre - enhanced paving and street furniture which is sensitive to heritage and the existing character; tree planting and pedestrian crossing upgrades. Windsor Mall would receive an events and performance space which will increase pedestrian activity, new upgraded paving, furniture upgrades, outdoor dining areas and tree planting.

Artist's image of a revitalised Windsor...

Council is looking to plant the new trees in existing footpath verges wherever possible. Where this is not possible, new trees will be planted in the existing roadway in new small garden spaces, with every effort made to protect as much on street parking as possible.

See the designs at yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au/lptc

For further information about the Master Plan and Public Domain Plan, Liveability Project, ‘Revitalising Our Town Centres of Richmond, South Windsor and Windsor’, visit yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au/lptcor contact Council’s Manager, City Design and Economic Development on (02) 4560 4444 or email council@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

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