Mitchell Park Upgrade

Project status

Planning phase 

Key Dates

Community consultation October 2019.

Works to commence March 2021.

Works to be completed June 2021.

About the Project

In late 2019, the City undertook community consultation for the upgrade of Mitchell Park in the City Centre. The City has used business and community feedback to develop a design that creates connection with surrounding shops and cafés, emphasises the importance of open green space and improves pedestrian access to the park.  

Design

We are excited to deliver a new parkland that includes:

  • Upgrades to street furniture, landscaping, shading and pathways
  • New raised timber viewing decks with seating
  • New planting islands
  • New shelter structures with seating node areas
  • New lighting and tree up-lights to illuminate the park for safety
  • Universal ramp access to raised decks where possible

Removal of Peppermint Trees

The City engaged an arborist to carry out a Tree Condition Assessment at Mitchell Park in August 2020. A further Quantified Tree Risk Assessment (QTRA) found that two peppermint trees posed a very high risk of causing harm. The removal of these trees is the only feasible option given their poor structural condition.

The trees are scheduled to be removed during the week commencing 14 December 2020.

A Ringtail Possum Survey was undertaken in October 2020 and a possum spotter will be engaged during the removal of the high risk trees to ensure possums are not harmed.

The Tree Condition Assessment also identified a number of additional trees that may require removal at a later date. A clearing permit application will be followed which may take up to 12 months. The public will be kept informed of these outcomes.

Construction Stage 1 – City Works

Works are due to commence in March 2021 and expected to be complete in June 2021, with some preliminary works commencing as early as February 2021.

Construction Stage 2 – Developer Works

A portion of Mitchell Park is owned by the shopping centre developer, Australian Unity Investments (AUI). The City is currently in negotiations with AUI to determine the extent of these works and timing. It is intended that these works will tie in with Stage 1 City works.