I'm really excited to see the streets transformed in a way that's complementary to the township's unique character and historyMayor Loretta Baker
You might spy a few things a little different around Morpeth from this week.
The 'Morph It' project kicks off today and will see public space unlocked in Morpeth through temporary street installations, artwork and a range of programs.
The project will run for more than a month, finishing on Sunday, November 29.
Morph It is funded by the NSW Government in association with Maitland City Council.
"Morph It seeks to change the hierarchy of the streets to increase visitation and social connection in Morpeth, bringing the community and visitors together in a COVID-safe way," Mayor Loretta Baker said.
'I'm really excited to see the streets transformed in a way that's complementary to the township's unique character and history."
As part of the project, Green Street will receive a temporary painted road artwork between Swan Street and Elizabeth Street and seating, street furniture and a marquee will be installed on Berkley Street between Swan and Close Street.
Two unique temporary outdoor seating and dining areas have been built using shipping containers and will be installed on Swan Street.
A 150m dedicated walking and cycle path will be marked by creative road art to connect Swan Street to Queens Wharf, via Queens Wharf Road.
The project will feature an activation program that includes farmers markets, live music, antique discovery day, yard games and kids art activities.
The programming will run from Friday to Sunday across the duration of the project.
Morph It will also see Council pilot temporary changes to a section of parking on the northern side of Swan Street from parallel to 60 degree rear to kerb parking, resulting in a gain of four parking spaces.
The Morph It project comes at a busy time for Morpeth following last week's announcement of the completion of the the historic Queens Wharf upgrade last week.
The $1.2 million upgrade involved the demolition and re-building of the existing wharf and retaining walls at the bottom of the boat ramp.
With seven months of restoration work under way on historic Morpeth Bridge, there are also road and river traffic changes