Leichhardt Council was awarded funds of $133,529 by the Attorney General’s Department as part of its Graffiti Hotspot Programme. The funds were utilised to implement strategies to improve the safety and amenity of the Hay Street car Park in Hay Street, Leichhardt.
Under the Graffiti Hotspot Programme the funds were required to implement Crime Prevention through Environmental Design strategies, which included implementing elements such as community art and landscaping features, and activities which generate the regular movement of people through the space.
300 residents and businesses local to the Hay Street Car Park were invited to a community consultation session in May 2012 in order to respond to draft plans for the upgrade.
The local community detailed 17 responses to features of the plan, all of which were considered by Council staff in re-assessing the draft plans.
The site plan adopted by Council at the July 2012 Ordinary Meeting, activated the space and addressed safety and amenity concerns via the following:
- The development of a small meeting space
- The implementation of extensive landscaping features
- The implementation of a bike path
- The installation of two bicycle lockers and a number of bike racks to trial a Park and Ride Program
- The development of a small community art feature to complement the works at the site.