■■ GERALDTON PUBLIC OPEN SPACE STRATEGY
Client: City of Greater Geraldton
Status: Strategy adopted by Council Mid 2013
Site Area: City of Greater Geraldton Local Government area
Location: City of Greater Geraldton
In 2012, Rowe Group was appointed to undertake a Public Open Space Strategy for the City of Greater Geraldton. The Public Open Space Strategy will ultimately inform the preparation of a new Local Planning Strategy and Local Planning Scheme and will be used by the City to provide greater clarity regarding open space to developers and the community.
- Audit all existing public open spaces within the Geraldton urban area and the townsites of Mullewa and Walkaway
- Assess the current provision of public open spaces in relation to Liveable Neighbourhoods
- Carry out an online community survey to gauge public perceptions of open space
- Make recommendations for future public open spaces based on community needs and best practice
- Justify regional variations to Liveable Neighbourhoods that are in accordance with the use of public open space in Geraldton
- Create a hierarchy of public open space types and specify minimum servicing levels
- Develop ‘Design Principles’ addressing location, size, layout, landscaping and servicing of public open spaces to provide clarity to investors and residents.
The Strategy commenced with a physical audit of over 280 areas of Public Open Space within the City of Greater Geraldton on a suburb by suburb basis, including the town sites of Mullewa and Walkaway. The information from this audit was graphically depicted in suburb level mapping which assessed the current provision of Public Open Space against the WAPC’s Liveable Neighbourhoods. During this time an online survey was undertaken to gauge public perception with respect to the use and functionality of Public Open Space.
The information from this audit and survey was then built into the strategy document which made recommendations for the provision of future Public Open Space based on community needs and best practice community design. The Public Open Space Strategy included a hierarchy of POS typologies, minimum servicing levels and design principles for each typology. One of the challenges that this project faced was achieving a regional variation to Liveable Neighbourhoods to allow for the inclusion of coastal foreshore reserves as Public Open Space. To achieve this, Rowe Group undertook early liaison with the Department of Planning.
Due to the large number of areas of Public Open Space this project also required constant liaison with the City’s staff to ensure future use of each Public Open Space, including those not yet created, was appropriately incorporated into the Public Open Space Strategy.