Parking not the focus of plan

SHARED SPACE: The yacht club foreshore node has been one of the more controversial elements of the precinct master plan.
SHARED SPACE: The yacht club foreshore node has been one of the more controversial elements of the precinct master plan.

THE community is being encouraged to think about more than the loss of car parks when making submissions on the Port Lincoln precincts draft master plan.

While consultation on the plan has been going well, Port Lincoln City Council infrastructure and regulatory services business manager Jade Scott said it was frustrating to get submissions claiming the plan did not take certain groups or users of a space into account.

She said one of the more controversial areas in the plan was the foreshore node closest to the yacht club.

"We have thought about everyone, the document has been created as a result of the co-design workshops to reflect the majority of the community's needs and wants," Mrs Scott said.

"The purpose of the plan is to inspire, we want people to consider it less prescriptive and more inspirational."

Mrs Scott said there was limited feedback so far from families and young people, but in an effort to encourage submissions from a younger demographic she was also planning a "roadshow to schools".

She said the plan was trying to inspire a more green and more "walkable" city with places for social interaction to achieve a better public realm.

"We don't want this to be about car parking," she said.

Mrs Scott said designing streets for people would help reduce the need for car parking.

"The premise is that people are more inclined to walk to the shop they spotted that they weren't going to go into because it's nice to walk there," she said.

"At the moment we just don't have that."

She said a real-life example of this was the Kmart carpark, which was never full.

"If we could connect that precinct, the plaza, the pharmacy, and make it safer, easier and nicer to cross Porter Street, then we wouldn't have people after parks on the street."

Mrs Scott said the council would begin with small greening and public realm improvements that could be "undone" if necessary.

She said the tuna poler sculpture and surrounds included concepts from the master plan as did recent landscaping work to the footpath area at Beer Garden Brewing.

"Where projects come up, from now on I would like them to deliver on the principles outlined in the plan," she said.

"Are we ticking off art and culture, how are we greening the space, urban design, are we using sustainable products?"

Mrs Scott said to attract state and federal funding, which would be necessary to achieve parts of the plan, the council would need to show it was meeting those principles.

She said implementing the "quick wins" identified in the plan, like traffic calming pods and greening main thoroughfares, would be critical in showing the community what could be achieved.

"I think this town could use a few quick wins," she said.

"Let's start quite small, low cost, with things that can be undone but let's get something visual happening to see if we like it."

Consultation on the Port Lincoln master plan closes on November 1.

To view the plan and take the survey visit the Port Lincoln City Council website.