Sydney CBD street bus shelters, kiosks to be revised

“The 22-year-old JCDecaux furniture items were built to the standards of their time. They will be reused and reused in accordance with JCDecaux’s sustainability plan, ”said the City Sydney spokesman. “The new street furniture is designed according to the city’s relevant sustainability guidelines.”

JCDecaux CEO Steve O’Connor told Sydney Morning Herald it was still in discussions about disposal schemes.

The proposed bus shelters are similar to those already found on the streets of Sydney.  The Council decided not to purchase them from the incumbent advertising provider JCDecaux.

The proposed bus shelters are similar to those already found on the streets of Sydney. The Council decided not to purchase them from the incumbent advertising provider JCDecaux.

“Regardless of this outcome, we are a responsible business citizen who truly cares about its impact on the environment, and we would reuse and reuse everything we can,” O’Connor said. “But with the best will in the world, it is inevitable that a large proportion will end up in landfills.”

Development plans submitted to the Council for approval show that QMS has submitted 14 proposals for the replacement of advertising signage. QMS does not require development approval from the council for the bus shelters. If successful, the installation of the new signage and furniture will cost $ 12.98 million. This number is expected to increase as QMS makes further suggestions on topics such as Kiosks and benches. The signage under the proposal is not significantly different from the one already displayed on the streets.

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The changes can dramatically change the cityscape, but will also affect local businesses operating from the kiosks and on streets with bus shelters. Local businesses have been under severe pressure in recent years due to the light rail line construction and a decline in commuters caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some companies that rent the kiosks are aware of the situation, but are unclear about when or where they will be forced to relocate.

A spokesman for a city in Sydney said kiosk operators were getting relief from the rent but did not give details of plans for the future. “We will continue to consult and communicate with kiosk operators,” she said. “We will keep commuters informed in advance of any interruptions when we carry out this project.”

The Sydney Council is trying to decide separately on a provider of free public WiFi, but has not made a final decision. Minutes from a council meeting on December 14 show that there are currently two companies on the list, while a separate document from months earlier says that these two companies are ENE Hub and One WiFi. A final decision is expected to be completed by the middle of the year.

JCDecaux first entered the Australian market in 1997 after winning the City of Sydney tender ahead of the 2000 Sydney Olympics. a new 10-year street furniture contract could not be secured.

The phone dispute eventually led to a federal court case between the Telstra, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane councils.

“Installing new phones in the CBD is not about delivering utility, it is a Trojan horse for advertising,” Cr Moore told the federal court.

The dispute – which concerned whether the telecommunications provider could install the telephones under the Universal Services Act – was won by Telstra. An appeal was lost by the telecommunications company, which has since filed a special leave application with the High Court of Australia.

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