Shared from the 11/15/2018 North Shore Times eEdition

‘Diverse, accessible, sustainable’

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Willoughby Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney.

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The vision for the future of Chatswood CBD will balance robust economic activity with liveability, according to the Mayor.

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Willoughby Mayor shares her vision for Chatswood, the north shore’s social and economic hub

CHATSWOOD CBD will be a diverse, vibrant, active and accessible place, with attractive places for residents, workers and visitors.

Chatswood is already a bustling social and economic hub of the North Shore, but my vision is to build on this with more businesses, start-ups and really capitalise on the commercial diversity of the city.

The vision is already taking shape, with specific areas earmarked including a commercial core within a 10 minute walk of the train station, a residential area on the CBD periphery and a balance of retail, medical, education, arts and recreation.

Let me bring this big picture thinking to a practical level: there’ll be plenty of floor space, plenty of sun in public spaces, high quality, well designed buildings that are slim and well separated, better pedestrian and cycle access, a walkable CBD, exceptional urban design and greening of the CBD.

This encourages economic prosperity, but maintains a liveable, sustainable and healthy city that takes advantage of emerging smart city technology and one that encourages walking and cycling as the best way of getting from one place to another.

This is vitally important as parking and traffic is consistently identified as a priority by the community. By making active transport the first and best option, this will build a healthier community and help to reduce congestion. But it’s not just the diversity of infrastructure and green spaces, but also diversity in people and the activities they do. I want all ages, genders and cultures to feel they’re welcome and that they have everything they need right here — shopping, jobs, sport and recreation. I believe Chatswood is perfectly poised to offer all of this.

Surrounding Chatswood are many village centres (eg Castlecrag, Artarmon) that provide cafes, boutique shops and local experiences. I see these becoming thriving satellite villages that are refreshed and have a local feel that you can’t get anywhere else.

They are different to the bustle of the Chatswood CBD, offering more relaxed experiences. Improving street scapes and supporting smaller businesses in these areas is key to generate the unique village feel that compliments the CBD.

We asked Sydneysiders to share their visions for where they live in the leadup to the Bradfield Oration on November 19. The Daily Telegraph launched the Bradfield Oration five years ago to celebrate the vision of engineer John Bradfield, who oversaw the design of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and inspire leaders to keep building this great international city into the future.

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