In 2014, Ashfield Council engaged with residents, businesses, government agencies and schools and other stakeholders to shape the priorities and vision a renewed Ashfield Town Centre.
Over 700 people participated in focus group discussions, open houses events and an online collaborative map from June to October 2014.
Community engagement identified opportunities that included:
During the consultation process, an opportunity between Council and Ashfield Boys High School emerged for a real life learning experience. Year 8 students were given the task of redesigning the laneways and streets in the Town Centre to be more inviting, safer, interesting and connected, as part of a practical geography project. Their work culminated with a students presenting their proposals to a panel of urban planning experts, Councillors and Council staff at Ashfield Town Hall. Some of the ideas presented included:
Council’s partnership with Ashfield Boys High continued in 2015 with the Harmony Wall project.
Council’s contracted architects took on board all the feedback and ideas from community and incorporated them into the final designs for the Public Domain Strategy. The strategy was adopted by Council in December 2014.
The aim of this bold and innovative Project is to renew and revitalise Ashfield Town Centre by implementing an exciting Public Domain Strategy and Masterplan. The Strategy includes innovative design solutions for key places in the Town Centre, proposed locations for new public open space, new street tree planting and paving initiatives, locations for community art and proposals for water sensitive urban design stormwater treatments. Council will now determine which works should be prioritised, and the timing and next steps for implementing proposals. It can be viewed below:
Ashfield Town Centre Renewal — Part 1 (Plans)
Ashfield Town Centre Renewal — Part 2 (Appendices)
In 2015, Ashfield Council was highly commended by the Planning Institute of Australia (NSW Chapter) for Excellence in Community Engagement for Renew Ashfield’s community consultation process.
Ashfield Council would like to thank all residents, businesses, Ashfield Boys High School and other stakeholders who participated in Renew Ashfield and provided their input for a revitalised Ashfield Town Centre.