MasterPlan, together with Ian Robertson Design and Outerspace Landscape Architects, were engaged by the District Council of Grant to prepare an Urban Design Framework and Master Plan for the Port MacDonnell township. The project was jointly funded by Council and Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure under the Places for People program, which supports the strategic urban design process.
This project seeks to create high quality, vital public spaces through strategic urban design and documentation and then to capital works. The project was based around community consultation during November 2013 and February 2014 which attracted a high level of interest, with approximately 90 people being involved in the initial consultation. The consultation included a range of public meetings, workshops with key stakeholders, an ‘open house design’ session, a community ‘drop in’ session and a community walk.
The initial consultation began without the project team having pre-conceived ideas of where the project should focus or what should be proposed. The goal of this consultation was to allow the people of Port MacDonnell to speak freely about what was important to them and then to translate the vision of the community into a tangible set of built form outcomes. Design concepts were then prepared in response to the consultation meetings, and presented back to the community. A draft Urban Design Framework and Precinct Master Plans Consultation Report was prepared and presented back to the community during the second consultation process in February 2014.
The report was then finalised and presented to Council in April 2014. It contained a raft of recommendations with a focus on key precincts including the Little Hunter Playground, the Jetty Plaza, Tenterden Reserve, Town Centre issues, foreshore issues, the Old Boat Yard site and signs at the township entrances.
Recommendations have been broken down into smaller projects, which will progress over time as resources permit.
Council has determined that the foreshore area including Little Hunter Playground and the Jetty Plaza will be the initial focus of efforts for built form improvements and are currently in the process of seeking further funding to undertake the next stage of design. The Urban Design Framework and Master Plan will also form reference documents for future structure planning processes and amendments to Council’s Development Plan as the township continues to expand.