Why Mount Victoria Village Centre?

    Mount Victoria was significantly impacted by the 2019-20 (and 2013) bushfires. After the 2019-20 bushfires Council received community feedback calling for the need to support a thriving Mount Victoria Village Centre. A number of facilities and services in Mount Victoria Village Centre were identified by community and Council as needing improvement. These include visitor services, recreation services, village amenity and business support. Funding was sought by Council from the Australian Government’s Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants Program.

    How was this draft scope of works identified?

    The proposed works and initiatives have been developed based on community feedback, adopted Council Plans, and legislative requirements for the public domain. They will improve the quality of social and economic activities in Mount Victoria, and support the recovery and ongoing resilience of Mount Victoria village. 

    The project aligns with the following adopted Council Plans: 

    • The Economic Development & Tourism Strategy 2021 sets our 10-year direction to deliver the economic and visitor economy outcomes for the Blue Mountains.
    • The Open Space and Recreation Strategic Plan 2018-2028 provides strategic policy for managing open space and the provision of sport and recreation facilities in the City of Blue Mountains.
    • The Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021 outlines key actions that encourage more positive community attitudes and behaviours, creating a more liveable community.
    • The Heritage Strategy 2021-2025 provides a guiding framework for the management of built heritage within the Blue Mountains local government area, to ensure that the unique heritage of our towns and villages is identified, protected, supported and promoted.
    • The Water Sensitive Blue Mountains Strategic Plan was developed in collaboration with all sections of Council, the community, WaterNSW, the SPLASH Network and the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities. 
    • The Creative Strategy 2020-2027 sets out the themes, aims and actions identified by Council to support a growing, diverse and prosperous creative sector in the region.
    • The Street Tree Masterplan March 2012 that provides general guidance for planting along our streets and Great Western Highway with a palette of trees at town centres that provides a “sense of place” as part of the Mountains’ character.

    High-level planning direction and priorities was further derived from: 

    Why are the works at the Heritage Staircase at the Great Western Highway needed?

    The works to formally close the middle heritage staircase outside 113 and 119 Great Western Highway are needed to improve safety, improve the visual amenity of this Heritage Item, and to address the ongoing maintenance of the adjacent garden beds. 

    Due to safety concerns these works are identified as a priority and are expected to commence at the end of 2022. 

    How can I provide my feedback?

    We are currently seeking feedback from the community to further inform the planning, design and delivery of this project. 

    Complete our survey by Monday 21 Nov.

    What happens next?

    This project is currently in the planning and design stage. The feedback received from the survey will inform the planning and design of the project elements. 

    Due to the safety concerns the works at the heritage staircase area are expected to be commence at the end of 2022.

    We will come back to the community once the plans are completed for the remaining elements of the project. These remaining elements are planned to be completed in 2023-24. 

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