The Erosion of Town Centres and the Need for Healthy Streets
Many small decisions around parking management, intersection upgrades and safety improvements to the road network throughout the 90s and 00’s have shaped Town Centre’s, the businesses that become attracted to them and the human behaviour it facilitates having social, economic and environmental impact on the broader community.
Connecting people is fundamental in building our growing Town Centres —so what does the health of streets have to do with that? As it turns out, everything. Streets play a vital role, from getting food supplies stocked in grocery stores to creating a space where people can walk, spend time and engage with each other. Now, imagine streets designed primarily with those people in mind? The Healthy Streets Design Check is a tool created for planners, designers and engineers to make basic assessments of their streets against ten healthy streets indicators, balancing social, economic, and environmental sustainability.
This forum will seek to unpack some of these challenges and highlight how Town Centres can become people focused places again, with presentations from:
Caden McCarthy (Place Leader, Transport – Town of Victoria Park) – who will present on the erosion of Town Centres using local examples and comparing with Melbourne.
Eric Denholm (Associate, Taylor Burrell Barnet) – who will present on the Healthy Streets approach and design check tool for Australia
Our speakers will be joined by Panellists including Tim Judd (Director, GTA now Stantec) and Martin Keen (Senior Transport Planner, Department of Transport) for a Q&A session following the presentations.