Talking Street trial continues, parklets to be removed

Published on 22 September 2021

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Two parklets which were temporarily installed in Stuart Street, Mullumbimby, as part of the Talking Street trial project will be removed this Thursday (23 September).

“Unfortunately there has been ongoing anti-social behaviour in the parklets during the trial which has escalated significantly and is now occurring at all hours of the day and night,” Council’s Director Sustainability, Environment and Economy, Shannon Burt said.

“The parklets were intended to provide some much-needed shady public space in Mullumbimby’s town centre and offer seating to encourage talking, connecting and relaxing.

We understand that some people are no longer feeling welcome or safe to use these temporary public spaces.  We also apologise to the surrounding shops and residences who have been reporting ongoing noise and nuisance issues,” Ms Burt said.

“We have made considerable efforts to find new locations for at least one of the parklets on Burringbar Street, in a more commercially active space however at this time shop owners are concerned that locating the parklets in the town centre might add to some of issues that are occurring in town.

“It’s a complex and sensitive issue and Council’s Public Space Liaison Officers will be working with those impacted by removal of this space,” Ms Burt said.

The two parklets will be stored at Council’s depot while an assessment of other suitable locations around the Shire are considered. 

Council is also looking for some new homes for the parklets’ artworks which were created by high school students from the Shearwater Steiner school.  Anyone with a suitable space for artwork display in the town centre is encourage to get in touch with Council.

The Talking Street trial project is a unique opportunity for Council to test new ideas and ways to turn Burringbar Street and the Mullumbimby town centre into a more attractive, safe and people-friendly public space. 

This project has been made possible thanks to a grant from the NSW Government's Streets and Shared Spaces program.

The trial includes a new pedestrian crossing, changes to traffic speeds in Burringbar Street from 50km/h to 30km/h and road narrowing treatments currently marked by temporary white bollards which make it safer and easier for people to cross at the intersection.

You can continue to give your feedback on the trial at Council’s YourSay page: Talking Street trial project, Mullumbimby | Your Say Byron Shire

The Talking Street trial runs until the end of December 2021.  

For media enquiries, contact Media & Communications Coordinator Annie Lewis on 02 6626 7320.

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