Our town centres are a place to be entertained, shop, dine and catch up with friends and family, but some were lacking a key ingredient – vibrancy!
The concept behind Vibrant Spaces is that businesses can use the footpath, free of charge, in return for some innovative thinking and a common sense approach to adding colour, products, comfortable seating and lively entertainment onto our streets. The aim is to encourage people to stop, linger, shop and dine, which not only benefits local businesses, but makes for a more pleasant shopping experience.
From September 2014 until the end of February 2015, we ran a trial in the Taree town centre, inviting shop owners to make our streets vibrant. We also undertook a parklet trial which was successful in bringing interest to the northern side of Victoria Street and providing a place for people to take a break.
After compiling what we learnt in the trial, the Vibrant Spaces program was implemented in Taree and extended to the town centres of Wingham, Old Bar and Harrington.
Following this success of the Vibrant Spaces program across the Manning Region, it was decided at our ordinary meeting on 23 November 2016 to extend the program to the town centres of Bulahdelah, Gloucester, Tea Gardens, Hawks Nest, Pacific Palms and Stroud, on a six (6) month trial basis.
Find out which areas are eligible for Vibrant Spaces by viewing the zoning maps.
There are four ways you can participate:
- Use the footpath in front of your business - register here
- Hold a community stall for not-for-profit organisations - register here
- Have a temporary stall (in Taree only) - register here
- Use the footpath for busking - register here