Ulladulla Boardwalk can be catalyst to activation
The $3 million being offered by the State Government to complete the Ulladulla Boardwalk, will be greatly appreciated by the community.
Currently, the Ulladulla Boardwalk is considered, by many, to be a white elephant, an example of the, 'build it and they will come' strategy, gone wrong.
While the community will welcome the money being provided by the State Government to complete the project, they suspect that infrastructure alone will not activate the waterfront.
Providing an elevated and accessible public space with high quality visual connectivity between the commercial centre and idyllic Ulladulla Harbour, is not enough.
People need better connectors than simply looking at the boats. Council and the community working together must 'take a place and make it into a better place.'
It is necessary for this council to consider what has not worked well in stage one and ensure that if council is successful in acquiring the $3 million, the project will be value for money.
It is reasonable to think, the boardwalk project by itself, will not stimulate commercial activity and will need additional strategies to complement the completion of the physical structure.
There is a need to provide an interesting environment for people to congregate.
Marrying the soft assets of a town like people and culture with the hard assets like buildings and infrastructure may focus the Ulladulla Boardwalk on becoming a meeting place.
Providing exciting attractions and activities, spaces of mystery, adventure, romance, craft, culture, innovation, technology, live music, and food, if offered on a regular basis, will create unique, memorable experiences and habit-forming reasons for visitors to return to the boardwalk.
There is a need to creative magnetisms that keep people in an area longer such as: places to sit eat and relax, water features or sculptures, artwork, performances, play areas, temporary food locations, pop-up shops, strolling areas, markets, and festivals.
The Ulladulla Boardwalk needs to be a constantly evolving, dynamic group of spaces, not a static piece of infrastructure.
The completion of the Ulladulla Boardwalk will play an important part in making connections by providing the social fabric for people to interact, play chess, have a cup of coffee, admire the view, and talk to each other.
Crowds attract more crowds and people create great places. The Ulladulla Boardwalk can be a catalyst to activation and instrumental in keeping the district vital, and prosperous.
Shoalhaven Council must continue to promote its natural attractions and find new and different ways to maximise its comparative advantage.
Councillor Mark Kitchener
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From personal experience one has to make collection very simple and light.
Example: tie into lengths of less than two metres with string (this was suggested by the person at the waste facility); total area of green waste not to exceed one cubic metre and the best part - if possible put in plastic garbage bags!
This last one is SO environmentally friendly.
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Danae Tonkin, Sanctuary Point
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