Adelaide City Council is giving its support to mainstreet development at the 2011 National Mainstreet Conference, ‘Everything Old is New Again’.
Hosted by Mainstreet SA from 1 to 4 May, the conference brings together local business groups, precinct coordinators and individuals who share a commitment to promoting and developing main streets across Australia.
Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood has accepted an invitation to become the patron of the newly formed Mainstreet SA Association. Speaking at the event, Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood says a coordinated approach is needed when it comes to activating and maintaining Adelaide’s main streets.
“Great cities make great streets and main streets play a vital role in supporting economic development, city vibrancy and residential growth,” Stephen said.
“Across Australia, Councils, residents and businesses need to work together to ensure city main streets remain at the heart of the community. Competition from the internet and big box retailers is fierce but authentic communities are fighting back.”
Adelaide City Council has established a Reference Group and is working on a Main Street Improvement Scheme, expected to be presented to Council this month.
Council also funds a Precinct Support Program which assists in the sustainability and management of City precinct groups, including main streets and encourages local participation in community-based projects and activities.
Martin Haese, General Manager of the Rundle Mall Management Authority, also spoke at the conference.
“Momentum is certainly building for re-establishing the leadership and pre-eminence of main streets. It remains vital that stakeholders work together to innovate and build a unified vision for not only Rundle Mall but the wider City of Adelaide” Martin said.
For further information on Council’s Precinct Support Program visit http://www.adelaidecitycouncil.com.au/community/precinct-groups.html
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