Sunday, May 26, 2024

Design lead appointed for Katoomba streetscape project

A major streetscaping project in the Blue Mountains is now a step closer with the appointment of an urban design firm to lead the design of the works.

Blue Mountains City Council approved Civille landscape and engineering consultancy as the lead designer for ‘Treeline Lurline’.

The $289,130 tender will be funded from the $4.04 million bushfire recovery grant awarded by the Federal Government to the Katoomba Chamber of Commerce & Community in 2022.

Council is managing the project in collaboration with the Chamber’s Treeline Lurline Steering Committee and a joint Project Control Group.

Local arborist Jessica Lawn, who is chair of the Steering Committee and a member of the joint Project Control Group, said, “We are thrilled to have Civille’s highly skilled and innovative team on board for this legacy project to transform the heart of Katoomba.”

Council’s manager for the project, Mark Liebman said Civille will prepare concept designs for the seven-block refurbishment and tree planting with underground power along Lurline Street between Katoomba town centre and Echo Point.

Public consultation on these concepts designs, including options for the street trees, is scheduled for spring this year.

“We hope for wide community engagement with the designs,” he said.

The Katoomba Chamber’s Federal grant also covers construction of the first block between Waratah and Merriwa Streets with undergrounded power, new paving, street furniture, cycleway, street trees and gardens, artworks and heritage interpretation.

Mr Liebman said that following further public consultation in 2024 on detailed designs for this first block, construction will be completed in 2025.

Katoomba Chamber president Mark Jarvis said, “Our community-driven collaboration with the Council and Federal Government is setting a new benchmark for sustainable streetscaping.  

“When the Treeline Lurline project is completed, the Blue Mountains’ most famous destination at Echo Point will have the spectacular gateway it deserves.”

Bendigo Upper Mountains Community Bank is a sponsor of the project. The National Trust Blue Mountains Branch and Blue Mountains Tourism are community partners.

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