Stop Press: New Locals' plan announced - see story below.....
Good for Manly is committed to making Manly an even better place to work and live through changes that will restore its vibrant village character.
A village is not just a place where people live, shop or work. A village is a place where the needs, desires, values and attitudes of the community can shine through. This is where Manly can be improved. Although it is a world-class tourist destination with thousands of visitors each year, there is still a strong need for a more tight knit, connected community. The Manly village should be a place not just for running errands, but for gathering, sharing and embracing the community spirit.
The classic images of Manly - the ferry, the Corso, the beach and the harbour make up an important part of Manly's village character. But just as important are the hidden gems, the thriving mix of local independent businesses, public art and quirky characters loved by the locals, things that take time to discover and which create a 'layered' and more interesting place. This occurs from the organic growth of the village and the ownership of the area by locals.
Launch of 'Market Place' village concept - a new heart for Manly
Our Locals' Plan to Revitalise ‘Market Place’
The current Council’s 2015 Plan, at its core, proposes the demolition of the Whistler Street carpark and possibly the library, and building a multi-storey carpark under Manly Oval. This action in one stroke will cost ratepayers in excess of $80 million, will destroy the historic oval and remove parking to a distant, underground and undesirable location.
IN CONTRAST our alternative plan developed by former local resident Sam George, who is a Snr Urban Design Planner with RobertsDay, aims to upgrade the Whistler St plaza area as well as the adjoining land so that it is a functional village centre and a new heart for Manly locals.
This area can be transformed without major building construction or demolishing any existing council assets.
The old carpark could be transformed with a green wall of vegetation effect, an outdoor community cinema created, new paving, seating and landscaping all adding to the local village character.
The space then provides an area for 'pop-ups' whether it be an art show, market, community group activity or even a Friday night Salsa class.
Around $1.5 million, compared to Council's current plan of $60 million. As a ratepayer, what do you think is a better solution?
Here is the estimate of the budget required:
What we stand for:
3 hour free parking for locals
Stop $40m* car park under Manly Oval
Improved infrastructure for ALL our suburbs
Restore the village character of Manly
More assistance for small businesses
Free Wi-Fi in retail areas
Create a world-class Harbour Pool
Prohibit over-development of the Royal Far West site
Provide safer commuter & recreational cycling
Revitalise Seaforth TAFE site as a community centre
Create Public Art Precincts
Protect & enhance our natural & marine environment