Weston plans for healthy living

The Weston Group Centre Master Plan, released in December 2014, puts healthy lifestyles at the forefront of planning for Weston. The master plan proposes ways to make it easier and safer to walk and cycle around the centre, provides additional car parking and improved access to the public transport network, enabling better use of open spaces and public realm.

The master plan proposes additional residential development with integrated car parking in the centre to enable more people to live close to services and improved public spaces. A greater diversity in housing choice will allow Weston Creek residents to age in place whilst ensuring young people can access alternative and more affordable accommodation.

The master plan also allows for increased commercial facilities with car parking to meet the demands of Weston Creek and its neighbouring areas including the Molonglo Valley. Improved access to shops and services in the centre through the management of parking will ensure there is more short term parking close to centre. Additional long term parking will be provided on Liardet Street and Dillon Close.

The focus on healthy lifestyles responds to community concerns about safe pedestrian pathways, good cycling connections and the quality of the public domain, coupled with the broader ACT Government commitment to promote a healthy and sustainable city.

To encourage pedestrians to make the most of the public realm and enjoy the fresh air in Weston, the master plan proposes connecting shared paths in the centre, creating meeting places in central locations, improving tree cover along main streets and public places and expanding Trenerry Square into a pedestrian-friendly meeting place. Proposed installation of bike and ride facilities on Parkinson Street will make it easier for people to use public transport and promote active travel. Brierly Street will have enhanced activity for pedestrians and cyclists with safe access and lower speed limits. To meet the needs for the future, additional community land is proposed close to the centre for community uses.

The master plan also proposes revitalising the recreation area to the north of the centre by enhancing the landscape, possibly reinstating the oval for sporting and recreation use or considering other uses such as a wetland with a kickabout area and community garden. Better links from the centre along the green spine would make it easier to access this area, which already has a skate park and tennis courts.

The capital works proposals required to implement these proposals will be subject to future ACT Government funding consideration.