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A FARMER’S market, people living above shops, brick road paving and trams - not Melbourne’s Brunswick St but a vision for Magill Rd in a decade. Norwood, Payneham & St Peters Council has unveiled a bold plan to put Magill Rd on par with The Parade at Norwood, including:
Creating five precincts lifestyle, traditional, terminus, landscape and organic;
Extending the city tram line to Magill Rd and linking it to The Parade;
Brick paving between Osmond Tce and Portrush Rd;
Mosaics on street corners decorated by local artists; and
European-style housing with residents living above shops.
The Magill Rd Streetscape Framework, developed by consultants GHD and the council’s Magill Rd Precinct Committee, was endorsed this month following public consultation. Already it has received the thumbs-up from Magill Rd traders. “We’ve always been the poor cousins of The Parade but now things are changing,” precinct committee chairman Nabeel Najjar said. “It’s about creating an identity for the street so that people will come we know it won’t happen overnight but it will happen.”
During the consultation, traders identified a number of problems with Magill Rd, including traffic, parking and aesthetics. Mr Nabeel, who owns a coffee shop on the strip, said those issues must be addressed in the framework. “Now that the positives and negatives have been put forward it’s clear where Magill Rd could be in 10 or 20 years and what the expectations should be.” Committee member and Magill Rd trader Janet Belchamber, of Belchamber Legal, said: “Magill Rd has been abandoned and neglected for years but this is like a breath of fresh air and it’s great to have something concrete on paper to work towards.”
NP&SP;Council’s business and economic development manager Skana Gallery said “detailed concept plans” for each precinct were now being developed to determine the total cost of the project. She said the council had applied for $20,000 of State Government funds to develop plans for both the lifestyle and traditional precinct, and would also lobby for a tram extension to the eastern suburbs. “The framework provides us with the parameters and the next step is really to drill down into the detail,” Ms Gallery said.
Transport Minister Patrick Conlon’s media spokesman Sam Ion said there were no plans to extend the tramline east, although the State Govt would provide a “coast-to-coast service” from Glenelg to Semaphore, announced in June’s budget.
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