Bathurst CBD Master Plan
A revitalisation program for the NSW Central West city of Bathurst covers street design and planting, cicvic structures, public open spaces plus heritage and wayfinding initiatives.
In the Central Tablelands of New South Wales, around 200 kilometres northwest of Sydney, Bathurst is Australia’s oldest inland settlement. Founded on the banks of the Macquarie River, today’s Bathurst is a city of contrasts, with its gold rush heritage, contemporary museums and galleries, it’s also the ‘spiritual’ home of motor racing in Australia.
Prepared in partnership with Charles Sturt University, the master plan for Bathurst Town Centre is a revitalisation program covering seven key blocks of the CBD. It includes extensive street works, new and rejuvenated public open spaces, civic structures and city-wide initiatives such as a heritage and wayfinding program, and zoning incentives for private development to deliver strategic public merit.
Works include the Bathurst Bike Plan, an extensive street tree program, increased car parking through better street design as well as off-street lots. A governance protocol is proposed in line with TfNSW’s 2020 Place and Movement Framework enabling Bathurst Council to properly consider traffic and speed impacts from place-contributory changes.
Significant thought went into the city-wide art strategy, that involves pairing all major built public projects with works of public art, to be curated by the Wiradjuri Elders group, representing the First Nations traditional custodians of Bathurst.
|Wiradjuri Country, Bathurst, NSW|
|Bathurst Regional Council|
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