About the Project
The Urban Design Framework (UDF) was commissioned by Council in 2016. It was developed on the basis of a comprehensive community engagement process culminating in the UDF being adopted by Council in June 2017.
The UDF establishes an overarching vision for Renmark’s town centre and nearby areas. It is designed to help facilitate high-quality, innovative and sustainable urban design, and to address future challenges while enhancing the community’s quality of life and economic prosperity.
Aside from creating a vibrant pace for people to congregate, the UDF will deliver tangible economic and social benefits to the region.
Make Renmark the place to relax and enjoy the Riverland lifestyle, bringing life and activity to the town centre, and reviving its economy through a series of transformative projects.
The vision will be achieved through the implementation of 7 Key Moves that will also trigger longer term change.
The Key Moves
Key Move 1: Renmark Riverfront Masterplan
Prepare and implement a Renmark Riverfront Masterplan to activate the water’s edge and surrounding precinct.
Key Move 2: Improve Renmark/Ral Ral/Murray Avenues intersection
Modify the major intersection at Renmark/Ral Ral/Murray Avenues with a special focus on improving pedestrian and cyclist movements. To be done in parallel to the reduction on B-Double traffic through the intersection.
Key Move 3: Wayfinding Strategies
Better wayfinding infrastructure to help visitors arriving in Renmark, to improve access to off-street car parking and to make it easier and more enjoyable to walk around Renmark including storytelling about Renmark’s past, present and future.
Key Move 4: Curate Town Centre Retail and Visitor Services
Work with businesses and landowners to reduce vacancies and ensure a mix of attractive and successful shops and businesses.
Key Move 5: At the edge – an activating public art strategy
Building upon a public art theme of ‘At The Edge’, introduce public art elements to support visitation, events and tourism marketing.
Key Move 6: Improve Important Streetscapes
Streetscape improvements to important town centre streets and arrival streets like Renmark Avenue
Key Move 7: Land Use Flexibility
Encourage more housing and mixed use development in the town centre through zoning changes and other measures.
Implementation & Funding
The implementation of the UDF will be undertaken in a staged manner as reflected in Council’s Infrastructure and Asset Management Plan (IAMP). The IAMP indicates the following stages and funding:
Council will endeavour to source as much external funding as possible to fund the UDF.
A copy of the Urban Design Framework can be found here
The implementation of the UDF has commenced with Stage 1A.
In 2018/19 Council allocated $3,884,000 to complete Stage 1A of the UDF and has been successful in obtaining $548,000 of external funding through the State Government Places for People Program and $1,394,000 of external funding through the Federal Governments Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).
Project Scope for Stage 1A
Using ideas generated by the community through the extensive engagement process, Council commissioned detailed construction plans for Stage 1A of the UDF in 2018.
Stage 1A includes;
- The main attraction – a water play area surrounding an existing feature water fountain
- A prominent viewing deck extending from the river bank
- Public artwork to celebrate the regions’ heritage and culture
- Extensive landscaping
- New shelters, furniture and barbeques
Council endorsed the 70% Detailed Designs for Stage 1A at a Special Meeting of Council in March 2019 and have given the go ahead to complete the detailed designs to 100% and seek tenders to commence construction.
At this stage it is expected that works for Stage 1A will commence in August 2019.
Detailed designs and key information can be found in the below related documents.
70% UDF Stage 1A Design Package
If you have a question, comment or suggestion with regard to the UDF please contact Council by phone or email using the following contact details:
Phone (08) 8580 3000
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