OUR CITY IS SET TO BE TRANSFORMED

This is more than a beautification project. We’ve been working hard to understand how to improve the overall experience of public spaces by providing better activities, attractions, safety, comfort and connectivity with the aim of driving a renewed period of investment and interest in our city centre.

This is proposed to go hand in hand with new partnerships which foster creativity and collaboration, and a greater emphasis on events and experiences which re-energise the public domain.

Authentic engagement with over 1000 locals and visitors who shop, work, play and do business in our city centre has unearthed what is most needed to breathe new life into our city’s main streets, businesses and public spaces.

Now is your chance to share your thoughts on our proposed vision and plan to transform Kal City Centre, injecting it with life and energy.

Here’s how you can provide your feedback on the draft Kal City Centre Place Plan:

  1. Visit the interactive Place Plan here
  2. Complete the online survey
  3. Download a copy of the draft Place Plan and send us your thoughts via email: hello@kalcitycentre.com.au

*Share your feedback and you’ll go in the running to win one of three $100 vouchers to spend at a Kal City Centre business of your choice (terms and conditions apply)

The Team

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is the project’s driving force, taking it to the streets to collect ideas and listen to community feedback. Right across its workforce, the City is fully committed to the success of the project and will play a pivotal role in securing investment to translate the plan into action.

element

element (formerly TPG+Place Match) brings decades of experience in transforming city centres across WA. They will stand alongside the City throughout the community engagement process and analyse and distill insights to lead the creation of a new vision and plan for the city centre, sparking fresh beginnings.

Josh Byrne & Associates

Josh Byrne & Associates are leading the project’s landscape design component. Their impressive knowledge and skills will contribute to the vision and plan for how our city’s streets, parks and squares can be transformed into places for celebration, gatherings and reflection.

Timeline

We Are Here

STAGE ONE – LET’S TALK

MARCH – MAY 2018
We want to hear your ideas for our city centre’s future so we’re coming to you. Find us online, in the streets, outside your favourite shops and at upcoming events. You can fill in our survey, pin your ideas to our interactive map and sign up for project updates.

STAGE TWO – A NEW VISION

MAY – JULY 2018
We’ll take your ideas and insights and work hard to transform them into a new plan for our city centre, complete with a vision, strategies and visuals intended to inspire and provoke debate.

STAGE THREE – REALITY CHECK

AUGUST 2018
To be sure we’re on the right track, we’ll seek your feedback. We want to hear it all - the good, the bad and the ugly.

STAGE FOUR – FROM PLAN TO ACTION

SEPTEMBER 2018
We’ll refine our concepts and produce a suite of plans and strategic directions to provide a clear pathway to bringing our city centre back to life. Keep an eye out for some exciting physical changes, too.

FAQs

How did this project come about?

The project has been informed by numerous strategies and master plans over the years including the recently launched Kalgoorlie-Boulder Growth Plan which sets out a strategic pathway for the future economic prosperity of the City.

To support sustainable growth, we need to promote economic diversification and address the factors that will enhance local jobs and services, provide opportunities for Aboriginal people, and enrich the liveability of the City.

With significant public and private sector investment on the table and a clear direction for engaging the community the timing has never been better to move forward. The challenge is to move beyond a streetscape and beautification mind-set to one of a strategic transformation with significant economic potential.

How much is it going to cost?

The total cost of the project is upwards of $30 million with a significant proportion of funding secured to date. Additional investment in the project will be explored through public and private sector partnerships once community views are understood and the full extent of the project is scoped and costed.

How is this project different to the other city centre projects that intended to improve the city centre?

Previous attempts to transform the city centre focussed on engineering responses in ‘hot spot’ areas but did little to address community aspirations for the city centre.

This process is about radical big picture thinking around the use of key precincts and taking the community along with us on a journey to harness new opportunities and ideas.

What does the project aim to achieve?

The key aim of the project is to bring about a people-led economic transformation of the city centre. This includes developing a main street experience with a diverse offering of destinations and experiences. This will lead to new employment and attractions, a strong trading environment and a range of usable and accessible places which reflect the unique identity of the City.

When can I expect to see some changes?

There are several phases to the project and it’s not all about big ticket infrastructure. Some changes are already underway and more will emerge as the project advances, with the final construction process commencing in late 2019.

A town transformation team of local people will be engaged early on to foster creativity and collaboration, increase early economic opportunities and coordinate events and activities to run alongside the community consultation process. Find more about the ‘Kal Town Team‘.

Who provided the images and videos on this site?

Many of the images and videos on this site were supplied by local artists, photographers and community groups. We thank everyone for their contributions including welovekb.com, and @abbymurrayphotography.

How do I get involved?

To this point, the best way to get involved has been to take the survey and pin your ideas to the interactive city centre plan. While these engagement channels have now closed, you can still drop into the engagement headquarters in the Markets Arcade Building in Hannan Street or send us an email to hello@kalcitycentre.com.au . We’ll be in touch soon with our proposed vision and way forward, which you’ll be invited to comment on before we develop detailed plans and visuals of how we can bring life back to our city centre.