We all know how much fun it can be to play a game of cricket, host a BBQ with neighbours or let the kids ride around safely on your street.
The City of Charles Sturt is trialling ways to make it easier and more affordable for neighbours to close their street for short periods of time for play, a street party or a special occasion.
We are looking for several streets to test this approach out with us between late April and June this year. Ideas include an Easter party, ANZAC Day get together or Play Street during the school holidays.
So if you live on a street with low traffic, with residents that are keen to organise and host a street meet and keen to participate in training to enable you to close a road and manage the road closure, then we would like to hear from you!
Nominations are open until Sunday, 26 February 2017. Nominations can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org For more information read the FAQs or call 8408 1111.
A Street Meet permits residents to close their local street for up to three hours at a time. It is a way to get to know your neighbours better and to provide opportunities for play.
The types of activities that can happen at a Street Meet are:
We are looking at making this a simple process for residents to run an activity on their street. Therefore activities that require additional permits such as the sale of alcohol, the installation of a marquee or a jumping castle are not recommended.
The most suitable streets are residential streets with less than 700 cars per day (we can provide you some information on this) and those streets where an easy alternate route can be provided. They are generally one block in length and don’t include any intersections. Unfortunately main roads and those streets with bus routes aren’t suitable.
It is recommended that you have a Street Meet organiser and two Road Closure assistants.
The Organiser is your driving force behind the coordination of the Street Meet – this includes planning and preparing the meet and getting others on board to help you pull it together. The Road Closure assistants are responsible for assisting in the road closure and may be required to undergo some training.
Additional Street Meet helpers can help promote your Street Meet to neighbours and do odd jobs.
We recommend you first talk to as many of your neighbours as possible before nominating your street to understand their level of interest and support.
You will also need to do a letterbox drop to your neighbours once the street meet is confirmed notifying them of the road closure details.
The street is closed to through traffic only. It still remains accessible to the people who live on the street and on street parking is still permitted.
Council will prepare a traffic management plan and qualified volunteers or residents will close the road and install the appropriate signs and barriers. This signage will be provided by Council.
Residents may be given training to give you the knowledge and skills needed to implement or support the road closure.