Look at Dee Why – ugly. Gordon ugly. St Ives ugly. North Sydney, St Leonards, ugly, ugly, ugly!
Why? – because local councils and the NSW State government have left the design to commercial interests. With their ugly high-rises, two, three, even four storey car-parks, huge car-choked highways, lack of green public spaces they are soul-destroying towns which no one wants to visit.
Will Mona Vale head in the same direction? It could become just a car-parking hub with the Bus Rapid Transport terminal. A bit like Gordon with its rows and rows and storey upon storey of car parking slots for the Gordon Station.
However there is hope for Mona Vale. It is in the form of Placemaking.
Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. Placemaking capitalises on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people’s health, happiness, and well being. It is political due to the nature of place identity. Placemaking is both a process and a philosophy.
There is a Placemaking plan for Mona Vale put together by Pittwater Council but mainly designed by the local people of Mona Vale and the surrounding area.
With Placemaking we can design a beautiful village for Mona Vale. It is in our hands.
As Pittwater Council listens to the people, Mona Vale has the potential to be a village as described in The School of Life video “How to make an attractive city”:
Pittwater Forever is opposed to council amalgamations as they will kill off our greatest planning asset, the voice of the local people.