Church and John Streets Renewed
The last year has seen the City of Salisbury hard at work to rejuvenate the City Centre with the $8 million Church and John Streets Revitalisation Project. With funding from the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program and driven by the City of Salisbury’s City Plan 2035, the renewal has aimed to create a sense of place, which reflects Salisbury’s heart and identity.
Local traders were greatly supportive of the project and kept abreast of intermittent closures as streets were gradually upgraded through essential transport routes. Pavers have refreshed pedestrian areas, and wild vegetation around streets were pared back. Extra trees and planter boxes create a vibrant and green space. Old bollards are gone and new seating spaces – some with artwork that lights up at night – give a greater feeling of flow. New lighting replaces old green light poles in the form of slick black upgrades or smart poles with wi-fi capabilities.
Modern artworks breathe new life into the City Centre. Most notably, the City’s iconic clock tower received a lift this January with the installation of aluminium panelling art by award-winning Aboriginal artist, Paul Herzich, depicting local features, including vernal pools in Parafield and a Greenfields dingo skeleton.
Gerry McMahon’s ‘Family’ sculpture sits outside the Commonwealth Bank, a proud symbol of Salisbury’s immigration history and ideals of inclusiveness.
An ode to Salisbury’s brass band history, two artworks pay tribute with Sexton Laneway now the home to Ryan Turner’s ‘Music Melting Pot’ sculpture; and, opposite BankSA on John Street, Plasma Art’s ‘Bonded by Brass,’ a brilliant metal work of life-sized band members.
The result is a revived and contemporary City Centre with welcoming and productive spaces to gather for entertainment or business, and easier and safer access to events held in and around the area.
In celebration, a street party was held on Saturday 20 May in partnership with the Salisbury Business Association’s Main Streets Party with an amazing 2,500 people turning out to enjoy the festivities. The community enjoyed a range of performers, including the City of Salisbury Band with music by Cherie De Clerk, roaming balloon artists, a magician, and stilt walkers. People could enjoy karate demonstrations, a collaborative painting wall, and browse various market stalls as well.