Richmond to become an 'activated cultural destination': Hawkesbury City Council

RICHMOND will be turned into "an activated cultural destination" according to Hawkesbury City Council, which is calling on the community to have their say on the future of the area by August 31.

Three major projects are proposed to "strengthen the sense of place and appeal" of Richmond, and these are now on public exhibition on council's website.

New-look Richmond: Windsor Street, Richmond in 'Event Mode' - one of the three key projects proposed by Hawkesbury City Council under the Western Sydney City Deal. Picture: Hawkesbury City Council

New-look Richmond: Windsor Street, Richmond in 'Event Mode' - one of the three key projects proposed by Hawkesbury City Council under the Western Sydney City Deal. Picture: Hawkesbury City Council

The Windsor Street Streetscape project between Bosworth and Toxana Streets, includes a number of options the community can vote on such as a formal tree avenue with integration of Water Sensitive Urban Design tree pits and rain gardens with the street trees, as well as high quality pavement, furniture and lighting.

Feature (catenary) lighting has been proposed opposite Richmond Park, as well as a Heritage Trail and new ("where am I?") signage and wayfinding, the opportunity for a suspended gateway artwork along Windsor Street opposite Richmond Park, and retractable removable bollards to close down street for weekend markets, events and festivals.

The Windsor Street Event Mode could see a number of changes between East and West Market Streets including: incorporating temporary and/or permanent Tiny Parks/Parklets along the street to provide opportunities for outdoor dining and seating nodes; incorporating three-phase power and water supply to the street for events; and integrating public art and Smart City elements.

A Richmond Park Upgrades project could see improved pedestrian and cycling connectivity to surrounding destinations and streets - including Richmond Station - and an activated park and oval edge with community gathering space and interactive public art.

The three Richmond projects are part of the Western Parkland City Liveability Program - funded by the Western Sydney City Deal - which will see council expend $18.75 million revitalising the town centres of Richmond, Windsor and South Windsor.

View, comment on and prioritise key projects for all three town centres - by August 31 - at www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au.

The Town Centres Master Plan Working Group, including chairperson Councillor Danielle Wheeler, Councillor Emma-Jane Garrow, business owners and community representatives, have worked together to ensure that the town centres of Windsor, Richmond and South Windsor become vibrant hubs through the project. Picture: Hawkesbury City Council

The Town Centres Master Plan Working Group, including chairperson Councillor Danielle Wheeler, Councillor Emma-Jane Garrow, business owners and community representatives, have worked together to ensure that the town centres of Windsor, Richmond and South Windsor become vibrant hubs through the project. Picture: Hawkesbury City Council

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