Marion Cultural Centre Plaza

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Marion Cultural Centre Plaza will be transformed into the heart of our city, bringing people together for events and casual catch ups while boosting local business


Marion Cultural Centre Vision

The Marion Cultural Centre (MCC) Plaza provides an opportunity to create an active public realm that enhances the Regional Centre as a destination, supporting community activities,

social engagement, and the visitor economy.


Objectives

Enhanced amenity

Integrate green space comprising of trees, lawn and passive recreation spaces supporting environmental benefits, comfort and extended public dwell time.

Community connections

Strengthen connections to broader precinct for pedestrian and cyclists whilst managing vehicle movements and access requirements. Key considerations are to enhance connections between public transportation and community facilities within the precinct.

Flexibility of functional use

Create a vibrant space that can adapt for various functional needs. A space that offer respite and relaxation, circulation and access to surrounding facilities, whilst accommodates opportunities for varied scaled events

Sense of place

Creation of spaces that explore Council’s community vision of liveable, valuing nature, engaged, connected, innovative and prosperous

To enhance activity, amenity, and accessibility to and within the precinct the following design

principles were considered in the concept plans:

  • Improve pedestrian and cyclist connectivity, amenity, and safety through the subject area for linkages between the local residential areas, the Oaklands Station, MCC, SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre (SAALC) and Westfield and other facilities on Milham Street.
  • Develop a plaza that can be utilised for community events and provide improved amenity for community use between the MCC and the SAALC with due consideration of events planning requirements.
  • Retain vehicle access to existing business and community facilities within Milham Street, whilst minimising traffic volumes.
  • Align with Scentre Group (Westfield) Development Approved plans, that will close vehicle access south of Milham Street.

April 2022 Update

$3.4 million Council endorsed Project.

The City of Marion has developed a precinct plan to revitalise the public area around the

Marion Cultural Centre. Marion Cultural Centre Plaza will be transformed into the heart of our city, bringing people together for events and casual catch ups while boosting local business.

Following extensive community and stakeholder consultations Council have considered all feedback and are now excited to move into the next stage of this project. This option will include a one-way north-east bound traffic management solution for Warracowie Way.

The plans are aligned with Westfield's current approved development plans that will close vehicle access to the shopping precinct car park south of Milham Street. Council land will be repurposed as open space for recreation significantly improving the amenity of the area. Pedestrian and cyclist connections are being coordinated with Westfield to improve connections.

The MCC plaza will comprise of recreation spaces with lawn, trees, a stage, an almond grove, public artworks, picnic facilities and lighting.

The proposed development builds on Council’s $5 million investment in the area which includes a ‘high tech’ playground at Dwyer Road Reserve and a ‘smart precinct’ which uses technology to improve access to business and services.

The long-awaited development will connect residents and visitors to the nearby Oaklands Train Station, Marion’s major retail centre, Marion Cultural Centre and local facilities.

The final concept plans can be viewed here


Traffic Management

Council investigated numerous options for Warracowie Way to support the vision and objectives of the Marion Cultural Plaza development.

Features of the Warracowie Way one-way north east exist to Diagonal Road are

  • Closure of Warracowie vehicle access to Westfield south of Milham Street as per Scentre Group (Westfield) approved plans.
  • Reduction of traffic movements through Warracowie Way to one-way (north eastbound).
  • Lower vehicle movements on Warracowie (estimated 50 vehicles at peak hour which is a reduction of 345 forecasted vehicles at peak hour under current permitted movements).
  • Retention of all movements on Milham Street and Morphett Road intersection.
  • No reduction in car parking – retention of car parking on Milham Street.
  • Coach/bus drop off area has been relocated from Warracowie Way, with the provision of existing bus bays on Diagonal Road to be utilised. Temporary provision on Milham Street for events planning.
  • Retention of all movements at Trott Grove
  • Re-routing westbound Adelaide metro bus connection – missing one stop on Milham Street Stop 29A. Retention of Stop 29B, south adjacent Bunnings.
  • Delivery and loading access to MCC incorporated as per existing movements to south of MCC.
  • Access to MCC southern car park via Diagonal Road north bound.
  • Roundabout movements provided at intersection of Milham Street and Warracowie Way.
  • Raised vehicle pavement for Warracowie Way north of Milham Street (at grade with plaza).
  • Enhanced pedestrian connection to Westfield with the creation of a small pocket park of approximately 1000 m2 south of Milham Street, in alignment to Scentre Group development approved plans for vehicle access closure.
  • Improved climatic resilience with less pavements, approximately 420 m2 of additional green infrastructure (trees and WSUD).
  • Vehicle carriageway on Warracowie Way pushed to the western side of the road reserve to be defined by landscape treatments, providing separation between pedestrian/ cyclist path.
  • Provision for short term closure of Warracowie Way to vehicles for large events.
  • Median on Diagonal Road to be plated with additional trees, continuing the recently completed works.

At the General Council meeting 12th April 2022, Council resolved not to proceed with the proposed Pedestrian Actuated Crossing on Diagonal Road.

The recent traffic management report providing advice on options can be viewed here


Community Benefits of the Proposed Plaza

  • Increase publicly usable space for recreation and events
  • Improved pedestrian connectivity and safety
  • Enhanced community connections to walking and cycling network
  • Increased green canopy and climatic resilience.
  • Integration of water sensitive urban design and permeable surfaces
  • Precinct integration with adjacent land owners and surrounding streetscape improvements
  • Enhanced connections to the recently completed Oaklands train station
  • Plaza to accommodate for a diversity of uses, supporting increased patronage to the regional centre.
  • Improved traffic management safety
  • Reduced volumes of traffic Warracowie Way
  • Retention of vehicle turning movements Milham Street and access to car parking


Community Consultation

Community consultation on the draft concept plans and traffic management solutions including a proposed pedestrian actuated crossing was conducted 10th August – 8th September 2021. We thank those that participated.

In summary, Council received 83 people responses to the online survey. 504 people were

informed of the proposed project by clicking through the Making Marion links to seek further

content.

With regards to traffic management solutions the results revealed 60% (50) either did not

support or strongly did not support the proposed one-way vehicle traffic management solution for Warracowie Way. 40% (33) either supported or strongly supported the proposed one-way solution.

With regards to the proposed Pedestrian Actuated Crossing on Diagonal Road, 70% (58)

strongly supported or supported the proposal.

A copy of the community consultation finding report can be viewed here

Marion Cultural Centre Plaza will be transformed into the heart of our city, bringing people together for events and casual catch ups while boosting local business


Marion Cultural Centre Vision

The Marion Cultural Centre (MCC) Plaza provides an opportunity to create an active public realm that enhances the Regional Centre as a destination, supporting community activities,

social engagement, and the visitor economy.


Objectives

Enhanced amenity

Integrate green space comprising of trees, lawn and passive recreation spaces supporting environmental benefits, comfort and extended public dwell time.

Community connections

Strengthen connections to broader precinct for pedestrian and cyclists whilst managing vehicle movements and access requirements. Key considerations are to enhance connections between public transportation and community facilities within the precinct.

Flexibility of functional use

Create a vibrant space that can adapt for various functional needs. A space that offer respite and relaxation, circulation and access to surrounding facilities, whilst accommodates opportunities for varied scaled events

Sense of place

Creation of spaces that explore Council’s community vision of liveable, valuing nature, engaged, connected, innovative and prosperous

To enhance activity, amenity, and accessibility to and within the precinct the following design

principles were considered in the concept plans:

  • Improve pedestrian and cyclist connectivity, amenity, and safety through the subject area for linkages between the local residential areas, the Oaklands Station, MCC, SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre (SAALC) and Westfield and other facilities on Milham Street.
  • Develop a plaza that can be utilised for community events and provide improved amenity for community use between the MCC and the SAALC with due consideration of events planning requirements.
  • Retain vehicle access to existing business and community facilities within Milham Street, whilst minimising traffic volumes.
  • Align with Scentre Group (Westfield) Development Approved plans, that will close vehicle access south of Milham Street.

April 2022 Update

$3.4 million Council endorsed Project.

The City of Marion has developed a precinct plan to revitalise the public area around the

Marion Cultural Centre. Marion Cultural Centre Plaza will be transformed into the heart of our city, bringing people together for events and casual catch ups while boosting local business.

Following extensive community and stakeholder consultations Council have considered all feedback and are now excited to move into the next stage of this project. This option will include a one-way north-east bound traffic management solution for Warracowie Way.

The plans are aligned with Westfield's current approved development plans that will close vehicle access to the shopping precinct car park south of Milham Street. Council land will be repurposed as open space for recreation significantly improving the amenity of the area. Pedestrian and cyclist connections are being coordinated with Westfield to improve connections.

The MCC plaza will comprise of recreation spaces with lawn, trees, a stage, an almond grove, public artworks, picnic facilities and lighting.

The proposed development builds on Council’s $5 million investment in the area which includes a ‘high tech’ playground at Dwyer Road Reserve and a ‘smart precinct’ which uses technology to improve access to business and services.

The long-awaited development will connect residents and visitors to the nearby Oaklands Train Station, Marion’s major retail centre, Marion Cultural Centre and local facilities.

The final concept plans can be viewed here


Traffic Management

Council investigated numerous options for Warracowie Way to support the vision and objectives of the Marion Cultural Plaza development.

Features of the Warracowie Way one-way north east exist to Diagonal Road are

  • Closure of Warracowie vehicle access to Westfield south of Milham Street as per Scentre Group (Westfield) approved plans.
  • Reduction of traffic movements through Warracowie Way to one-way (north eastbound).
  • Lower vehicle movements on Warracowie (estimated 50 vehicles at peak hour which is a reduction of 345 forecasted vehicles at peak hour under current permitted movements).
  • Retention of all movements on Milham Street and Morphett Road intersection.
  • No reduction in car parking – retention of car parking on Milham Street.
  • Coach/bus drop off area has been relocated from Warracowie Way, with the provision of existing bus bays on Diagonal Road to be utilised. Temporary provision on Milham Street for events planning.
  • Retention of all movements at Trott Grove
  • Re-routing westbound Adelaide metro bus connection – missing one stop on Milham Street Stop 29A. Retention of Stop 29B, south adjacent Bunnings.
  • Delivery and loading access to MCC incorporated as per existing movements to south of MCC.
  • Access to MCC southern car park via Diagonal Road north bound.
  • Roundabout movements provided at intersection of Milham Street and Warracowie Way.
  • Raised vehicle pavement for Warracowie Way north of Milham Street (at grade with plaza).
  • Enhanced pedestrian connection to Westfield with the creation of a small pocket park of approximately 1000 m2 south of Milham Street, in alignment to Scentre Group development approved plans for vehicle access closure.
  • Improved climatic resilience with less pavements, approximately 420 m2 of additional green infrastructure (trees and WSUD).
  • Vehicle carriageway on Warracowie Way pushed to the western side of the road reserve to be defined by landscape treatments, providing separation between pedestrian/ cyclist path.
  • Provision for short term closure of Warracowie Way to vehicles for large events.
  • Median on Diagonal Road to be plated with additional trees, continuing the recently completed works.

At the General Council meeting 12th April 2022, Council resolved not to proceed with the proposed Pedestrian Actuated Crossing on Diagonal Road.

The recent traffic management report providing advice on options can be viewed here


Community Benefits of the Proposed Plaza

  • Increase publicly usable space for recreation and events
  • Improved pedestrian connectivity and safety
  • Enhanced community connections to walking and cycling network
  • Increased green canopy and climatic resilience.
  • Integration of water sensitive urban design and permeable surfaces
  • Precinct integration with adjacent land owners and surrounding streetscape improvements
  • Enhanced connections to the recently completed Oaklands train station
  • Plaza to accommodate for a diversity of uses, supporting increased patronage to the regional centre.
  • Improved traffic management safety
  • Reduced volumes of traffic Warracowie Way
  • Retention of vehicle turning movements Milham Street and access to car parking


Community Consultation

Community consultation on the draft concept plans and traffic management solutions including a proposed pedestrian actuated crossing was conducted 10th August – 8th September 2021. We thank those that participated.

In summary, Council received 83 people responses to the online survey. 504 people were

informed of the proposed project by clicking through the Making Marion links to seek further

content.

With regards to traffic management solutions the results revealed 60% (50) either did not

support or strongly did not support the proposed one-way vehicle traffic management solution for Warracowie Way. 40% (33) either supported or strongly supported the proposed one-way solution.

With regards to the proposed Pedestrian Actuated Crossing on Diagonal Road, 70% (58)

strongly supported or supported the proposal.

A copy of the community consultation finding report can be viewed here

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Please complete this short survey to tell us what you think of the concept plans. This is an opportunity to share your ideas with Council and shape this exciting development. Survey is open until 8 September 2021. 

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