Lighting up our public spaces

Murray River Council have been awarded $576,000 under the NSW Government’s Streets as Shared Spaces Program to help transform some of the area’s well-known public spaces into temporary artwork.

The project will see pop-up lighting projections and solar lighting temporality installed across the area to further improve the attractiveness of open spaces.

Council has identified four projects to trial creative, innovative and economic lighting options with the view to invest and roll out as permanent features in various locations in the future. 

The projects include:

• Echuca Moama Bridge Underpass- Moama

Delivery of a projection program that highlights the historic and iconic structure by transforming it into a temporary public artwork celebrating stories of our region.

• Perricoota Road- Moama

This project will include the installation of a series of projections to light a section of the existing shared path network. The path will be enjoyed by users as the sun starts to go down and after dark and also allow for a safe passage for visitors and residents to dine at local businesses.

• Cobb Highway- Moama

This project will include the installation of a series of lighting projections to light the path and/or glow in the dark solar lighting.  The temporary installations will draw visitors to the space after dark and allow for a convenient and safe pedestrian/cycle path.

This path is used by residents of the local Cobb Haven aged care facility as a main thoroughfare to businesses.  It will improve the safety and attractiveness of this busy public space. 

• Christmas Lighting Pop-Up- Tooleybuc, Koraleigh, Moulamein, Wakool, Barham and Mathoura  

An exciting and creative approach to Christmas through programming lighting projections and/or solar lighting at prominent park/town spaces in local towns to project Christmas images after dark. 

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said there had been overwhelming interest in the program, with more than 145 applications from 99 councils.

“Whether it is new cycle lanes, pedestrian-only streets or wider footpaths, we’re working with councils and communities to fund projects that can make life better for everyone – both now and into the future.”

“The successful projects demonstrate how innovative thinking can transform underutilised space into accessible public spaces for our communities to enjoy,” Mr Stokes said.

Murray River Council mayor, Cr Chris Bilkey said this is an exciting initiative for Council.

“This is an opportunity to improve our local areas in new and creative ways.”

“Whether it be celebrating local stories, improving usability of spaces after dark or even supporting evening trade during the Christmas period via some exciting new Christmas displays,” he said.

The Christmas lighting installations will be ready by November this year, with the Moama projects expected to be installed in early 2021.

Following the installation periods, Council will then assess how well they are received by the community.

“At the conclusion of the installation periods we will actively engage with local businesses, residents and visitors to gauge their thoughts on the lighting projects.”

“Essentially, we want to understand how the community feels about Council investing in permanent infrastructure like this to help showcase our local spaces moving forward,” Cr Bilkey said.