As part of the Indigo Shire Council’s response to the Victorian Government’s push to make outdoor dining safe following the state’s many lockdowns throughout the past year, the Rutherglen Visitor Information Centre has been used as a pop-up outdoor eating precinct.
As a result, the expansive grassed area was identified as an ideal location for a permanent activation; one which could include outdoor dining, eating, community activities and events.
Our brief for the project involved creating a masterplan that would deliver a vibrant and flexible space with strong links to the Centre and commercial area that would encourage locals and visitors alike to utilise it for outdoor dining and events.
Public spaces are dynamic and never cater to one particular user. We strive for projects such as this to accommodate a broad range of ages and abilities, whilst providing a welcoming landscape for visitors to explore and socialise together.
Open spaces need to encompass active and passive use, have strong connections, underpinned with safety, social inclusion and supporting infrastructure.
As with any project we undertake that is directly benefitting the local community, it was a rewarding experience to develop something so uniquely ‘Rutherglen’ for the community and its visitors.
Stay tuned as we share more updates on this important public space with you as works on site further progress.