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Veronica Street in Cardiff to host new shared community space

Lake Macquarie City Council, in partnership with the New South Wales Government, will close part of Veronica Street in Cardiff to host a temporary installation called, Veronica Place.

The space will boast bench and shaded seating, trees and pavement artwork.

Three events will also be hosted at the site during the trial that will utilise a stage that is also part of the temporary installation.

“COVID-19 has been very isolating, so a space like this will encourage residents of all ages to reconnect and socialise with each other,” Lake Macquarie Mayor, Kay Fraser said.

“It will have positive flow-on effects for Cardiff businesses.”

Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Integrated Planning Wes Hain said the space would beautify the streetscape and increase community engagement.

“We’re creating a vibrant and safe space where families, residents and workers can go to relax, eat, connect and entertain,” Mr Hain said.

“We know that Cardiff has enormous potential and this is one way we can breathe new life into the area and support local businesses and the economy.”

Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport Rob Stokes said the NSW Government had invested $496,000 in the important pilot program.

“The Streets as Shared Spaces program is increasing foot traffic in communities around the state which supports the recovery of local businesses at a crucial time,” Mr Stokes said.

Veronica Place will run for four months from October 2022 to April 2023 during that time Veronica Street will be closed at the intersection of Main Road at Cardiff. More information can be found at shape.lakemac.com.au.