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Heart of the City: Revitalising the city centre

Elected Members are asking the community for feedback on the future look and feel of some key city centre streets.

Council has identified Durham Street, Durham Lane, Elizabeth Street east, The Strand Extension (southern end), Wharf Street east, Aspen Reserve and Masonic Park as key city centre streets and open spaces in the heart of the city that will be revitalised during the next three years.

The community can share their thoughts (and free coffee and cake) on how they would like to use Durham Street and Durham Lane on Thursday 4 May 2017 between 11.30am to 1.30pm, outside Trustpower on Durham Street.

Elected Members and staff will also be at the Street Food Festival and official opening of the new waterfront tidal stairs and pier on Saturday 6 May from 11am to 2pm to gather community feedback on how on how they would like see The Strand Extension (the southern end) revitalised.

The community feedback will help Council to design these priority areas. If people cannot make it on Thursday or Saturday, they can email their feedback to

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Alister Jones says the University of Waikato is delighted to be working with Tauranga City Council on the design of the streetscape for Durham St and Durham Lane.

“There are exciting opportunities to create a tertiary precinct linking the University site, Toi Ohomai Bongard Centre and the proposed student accommodation facility in Durham Street. The partnership between city, tertiary institutions and accommodation developers is vital in creating a vibrant and safe environment for students, families and the whole community.”

The opening of the new campus is scheduled for 2020, but it could be earlier than this.

City Transformation General Manager Jaine Lovell-Gadd said revitalising the southern end of The Strand, adjacent to the Matapihi Rail Bridge and Harbourside restaurant, would create a water edge place for people to gather.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council staff will be supporting the community engagement event on Saturday.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s maritime team would like to improve their service to the community by having direct access to the harbour from their building on the Strand Extension.

“The enhancement of this area offers an opportunity to partner with them and create improved access,” said Mrs Lovell-Gadd.

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Published: Wednesday, 03 May 2017 13:30 by Tauranga City Council