South Australia

Draft master plan released for Adelaide's Rundle Mall

ADELAIDE City Council is calling for community feedback following the release of a draft masterplan for Adelaide's Rundle Mall last week.

Rooftop cinemas, LED screens, new public art, laneway shops and dining and balcony bars are just some of the suggestions revealed in the new Rundle Mall Masterplan.

Launched last Monday for a month long period of public review, Adelaide City Council and the Rundle Mall Management Authority (RMMA) are calling on the public to have their say about the new long-term vision for the retail heart of the city.

"Rundle Mall is the primary shopping precinct and meeting place in SA – and we want to ensure it stays that way," said Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood.

"Revitalising the Mall is a major focus of the new Council and we are very pleased to present the Masterplan to the public for their feedback – an important and exciting step in enhancing the precinct."

The Masterplan involves a design component and a series of recommendations and proposals regarding structural upgrades, retail mix, policies, management and governance.

The plan suggests a variety of ideas and options to improve the Mall, including attracting unique retailers, entertainment and multi-level trading, convenient and affordable transport options and upgrades to the public domain.

According to the Council, the plan aims to combine both public and private investment, develop relationships with new and existing stakeholders and create a framework for future growth.

"The imperative for further progress to be made within the Rundle Mall precinct has never been greater," Chairman, Rundle Mall Management Authority, Theo Maras said.

Comments from the public will be presented to Council and the Rundle Mall Management Authority for endorsement later this year.

Following this, a team of designers will develop the approved Masterplan concepts into detailed working drawings with the goal being to start construction in 2012, subject to funding.

The outcomes of the Masterplan will be implemented as a staged process over several years, with each separate project reflecting the overall, long-term vision for Rundle Mall.

More information, including copies of the draft Masterplan and Executive Summary Overview document, is available from the Rundle Mall Masterplan website at <http://www.rundlemallmasterplan.com>.  The plan is open for public review until November 1.

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