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Street Meets

Street Meet

A Street Meet is a great way to get to know your neighbours better, provide opportunities for play and make new friends. Street Meet’s enables residents to temporarily close their local street for up to four hours at a time. 

Street Meets can be:

  • A play Street – temporarily closing the street for children to play freely and safely.  Activities could include ball games, bikes and scooters and chalk drawing.
  • A street party – an opportunity for a get together with neighbours over a BBQ, pot luck dinner or a cricket game.
  • A special or seasonal occasion such as an Easter egg hunt, a Halloween Trick or Treat activity or Christmas Light display.

Keep it Simple!  Street Meets don’t require a lot of set up think BBQs, games, chairs and tables.  To keep Street Meets as straight forward as possible, activities that require additional permits such as the sale of alcohol, the installation of a marquee or a jumping castle are not permitted at a Street Meet.

Is my street suitable?

Street Meets can take place on local access streets, generally those that carry 1,000 cars or less per day and have minimal through traffic (Give Council a call and we can help you with this information) and are not on a public transport  or strategic commercial route.  Either the whole street or a portion of a street can be closed. 

The street remains accessible by emergency service vehicles. 

On street parking is still permitted during a Street Meet at the vehicle owner’s own risk.  

What are the costs?

There are no fees charged by Council to run a Street Meet. However it will require your time to organise the get together and manage the street closure on the day.

What do you need to know?

You will need a key resident to be the driving force behind your Street Meet, you don’t need particular skills or qualifications just some of the following:

  • Time to organise a Street Meet
  • Support from neighbours
  • Minimum of 2 others willing to be closure crew. Their role is to install and remove the road closure, stand at the end of the road closure to monitor the road closure throughout the party and escort local resident cars entering or exiting the road closure area
  • Energy to get surrounding residents on board
  • Understanding of the benefits of a Street Meet

Applications should be lodged 2 months prior to your Street Meet and you will need to supply the following information in your application:

  • Organiser’s name and contact details
  • Date and time of Street Meet including set up and pack down time
  • Expected number of attendees
  • Sketch of the portion of the street to be closed and indicate street numbers affected by the street closure
  • Details of activity i.e. Picnic, kids games, chairs and tables
  • Upload resident support letter and date letter sent out
  • Names of Closure crew if known
  • Confirmation that you will run the Street Meet in accordance with the Street Meet Guidelines

What support can I expect?

Council will be able to provide the following support:

  • A step by step Street Meet Kit to assist you in organising your own Street Meet
  • A video clip on how to safely close your street
  • Provision of a Traffic Guidance Scheme outlining how the street is to be closed
  • Provision of traffic control devices and signs
  • Provision of public liability insurance for the Street Meet
  • Coverage of road closure advertising costs as required under the Road Traffic Act   

How to apply?

  1. Read the Street Meet Kit which includes a Neighbourhood Support Letter template.
  2. Complete the Street Meet Application form  

What happens next?

Once the application is submitted a Council Staff member will be in touch to progress the road closure approval.

Who to call for help?

Urban Projects
Phone: (08) 8408 1111
Email: council@charlessturt.sa.gov.au

Other Helpful Information

Play Streets in the UK - http://playingout.net/

Play Streets Australia - https://www.playstreetsaustralia.com/

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