Market Square, St Arnaud
As a midpoint between Melbourne and many regional Victorian destinations, including the Silo Art Trail, gold, settler and natural environment features, St Arnaud has the opportunity to become a popular stopping point for travellers, particularly those with caravans and camping trailers. Caravans and holidaymakers often park behind the Town Hall in Market Square, where there is a children's playground, skate park, trees and benches for picnicking.
The community has expressed a strong need for further development of Market Square, including options such as barbecue facilities, additional seating, design, and construction of an entertainment space, caravan parking bays and tourist information signage.
Think Inside your Market Square Community Surveys
Residents and visitors were asked to 'Think Inside the Square' and tell us about how you use and want to use your Market Square. We had an overwhelming response from the community regarding the space and its future.
Over 55% of individual responses showed that the community enjoys attending events at Market Square with their families. Over 75% of community groups surveyed also said they view Market Square as a valuable community event space.
100% of groups view Market Square as a family friendly and green open space and 60% of individuals value its central location.
40% of individuals and 64% of groups want BBQ facilities for both the community and tourists.
Suggestions for improvements for the space saw 51% of community groups ask for more signage and 45% of individual responders ask for refurbishment of the sound shell for events.
Market Square Workshops
Community Development Officers also ran workshops with groups from St Arnaud Secondary College, St Arnaud Primary School, St Patrick's Primary School, St Arnaud Kindergarten and St Arnaud Early Learning Centre.
These sessions showcased the vibrant future of the space with groups asked to draw their dream Market Square. Responses ranged from disability swings, reading nooks, half basketball courts, lookout towers and water parks.
We will work with professional park and recreation planners to design the Market Square Master Plan using all feedback received. Once this master plan is completed and shared with the community, the priority projects will be delivered.