I recently became involved with planning for the Clovelly Road Better Block demonstration day, which is to be held on the 27th October.
On that day, traffic in a section of Clovelly Road, in Sydney’s east, will be slowed – under the auspices of Randwick Council. The Clovelly East Village Committee will then ‘install’ – for a day – a representation of part of its vision for improvements to this high-use transit corridor.
The improvements are aimed at showing the community at large and the Council, more specifically, how this main road could be re-planned to create a greener and more liveable space. The Committee has not only organised nurseries to supply semi-mature trees and a lot of shrubs for the day, but is also planning for art installations, street furniture, re-surfaced pedestrian areas, bicycle parking and bike servicing zones, community stalls and a permaculture garden.
The organisation hopes to create a groundswell of support for some permanent changes. This will be the first Better Block in Sydney (there have been more than 40 in the United States).
If you’d like to see how a forgotten streetscape can be remediated, come down to Clovelly Road (the block between Arden Street and Beach Street) on Sunday 27th October between 11am and 3:30pm.