A PUBLIC campaign driven by an aspiring Hobart City Council alderman together with local business owners is aiming to give New Town’s busy shopping strip a makeover.
Dozens of local signatures have been collected on a petition calling for the Hobart City Council to revitalise the streetscape of New Town Road between Pirie and Cross Streets.
Signatures are being collected by the Greenstore organic grocer and café and Hobart Council candidate Anna Reynolds.
The campaign developed from a conversation between Greenstore owner Kathy Wilkins and Ms Reynolds about how difficult it was to cross New Town’s busy main road.
The focus of the campaign has now expanded to a broader movement to make New Town a more identifiable place for the community to meet and use, and one that is more “people friendly”.
Ms Reynolds said the aim was for streetscaping and “traffic calming work” to be undertaken in the area along New Town Road between Pirie and Cross Streets..
“The petition requests the council to work with the New Town community to develop a plan to revitalise the streetscape, widen footpaths in some areas and improve pedestrian crossings,” she said.
“Streets are for living on, not just travelling along, and Hobart’s shopping streets are hubs for community life.”
Ms Reynolds said streets were where people wanted to walk, eat, and meet, and where businesses thrived.
Ms Wilkins said New Town Road was a thriving hub in the 1960s and 1970s.
“There was the Erwin Store, two beautiful butchers and a hairdressing salon,” she said.
“People really gathered along New Town Road and we hope to try to bring the suburb back to what it used to be,” she said.
“The people of New Town are an eclectic mix … It is a friendly and accepting place.
“The community would love to see a makeover so that we are more of a meeting place.”
Community members who are interested in adding their name to the petition can do so at the Greenstore at 134 New Town Road.