Margaret River Main Street Makeover

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Starting in February 2020, Margaret River’s Main Street will be transformed! The Main Street Makeover includes a range of improvements designed to create an even more enjoyable place for you to shop, eat, drink and celebrate.

You can find project updates, frequently asked questions and other up to date information on this page.

Please note this information is correct at the time of publishing. Late amendments to traffic management arrangements may be required in the case of changing site conditions. This is to facilitate ongoing project works and ensure the safety of road users and pedestrians. Please adhere to onsite

Starting in February 2020, Margaret River’s Main Street will be transformed! The Main Street Makeover includes a range of improvements designed to create an even more enjoyable place for you to shop, eat, drink and celebrate.

You can find project updates, frequently asked questions and other up to date information on this page.

Please note this information is correct at the time of publishing. Late amendments to traffic management arrangements may be required in the case of changing site conditions. This is to facilitate ongoing project works and ensure the safety of road users and pedestrians. Please adhere to onsite traffic arrangements at all times. Updated communications will be reissued as soon as practical.


  • Project update 20 May

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    5 days ago

    North entrance to town (Stage 1a)

    Stage 1a is expected to be completed by the beginning of July (see stages map below).
    Crews are now working above ground on the road surface, with the initial road seal now on and kerbing (including pedestrian crossings, pram ramps, roundabout and traffic islands) going in this week.
    Next week exposed aggregate footpaths will be installed.

    Helping traffic flow in prep for increase in visitors

    We will facilitate traffic flowing into the town centre in support of traders.

    • For the weekend of 23/24 May traffic will be able to use the Bussell/Tunbridge section of...

    North entrance to town (Stage 1a)

    Stage 1a is expected to be completed by the beginning of July (see stages map below).
    Crews are now working above ground on the road surface, with the initial road seal now on and kerbing (including pedestrian crossings, pram ramps, roundabout and traffic islands) going in this week.
    Next week exposed aggregate footpaths will be installed.

    Helping traffic flow in prep for increase in visitors

    We will facilitate traffic flowing into the town centre in support of traders.

    • For the weekend of 23/24 May traffic will be able to use the Bussell/Tunbridge section of the new 'bean' roundabout to access parking to the west of the main street.
    • For the June Long Weekend the roundabout at Bussell/Churchill/Tunbridge will be open to traffic to access to/from the north via Churchill and Tunbridge with the diversion via Higgins not in use.

      Subject to progress it is intended to make this the weekend norm thereafter for the remainder of the Stage 1a works to facilitate easier access to town for visitors now that the regional border relaxations are in place.

    Wallcliffe Roundabout almost done (Stage 1b)

    Works due for completion by the end of May/early June
    If you've driven into town via the South, you'll see our new roundabout and footpaths taking shape. The new roundabout and road sections were sealed over the weekend of 15th/16th May with traffic movements continuing to allow travel through the intersection in a south to north direction. Crews are working hard to install the remaining footpaths, with Reuther Park's new path in and looking great!

    The roundabout will be open for traffic during the June long-weekend, which is great news for our community and visitors.

    Bussell Hwy to Fearn Av/Willmott Av intersection (Stage 2a)

    Stage 2a is expected to be completed by beginning/mid September, subject to weather.

    Stage 2a works were brought forward to coincide with the COVID-19 related travel restrictions and associated economic slowdown with works commencing at the beginning of May. Drainage is being installed up the middle of the road working up the hill. Pedestrian access to individual shops will be maintained via the existing footpath whilst stormwater pipes are installed up the middle of the road. During installation of the new footpath, pedestrian access will be maintained via a section of road parallel to the footpath.


    Festival Precinct on Fearn Avenue (Stage 2b)

    Stage 2b works will commence on completion of Stages 1a and 1b to ensure that traffic flows through and around the project area can be maintained and disruption minimised. The closure of Fearn Ave will require traffic detours to utilise the new roundabouts constructed in Stages 1a and 1b.

    Stage 3 funding

    The Shire is in discussions with both the State and Federal governments to secure 100% funding for Stage 3 works.


  • All Stage 1 underground pipes in!

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    6 days ago

    Last week marked an exciting milestone, with all underground stormwater infrastructure installed for Stage 1 works. We are in a good position to handle stormwater from winter downpours!


    Last week marked an exciting milestone, with all underground stormwater infrastructure installed for Stage 1 works. We are in a good position to handle stormwater from winter downpours!


  • Where are things up to with Stage 1?

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    28 days ago

    Wallcliffe Road/Bussell Intersection
    Works are continuing on schedule for the completion and opening of the new roundabout at the Wallcliffe Road and Bussell Highway intersection. Key elements to be completed in the next week include kerbing, the granite rock wall adjacent to Senior High School and the footpaths adjacent to the roundabout.

    The recent announcement that schools would reopen for the start of term 2 resulted in some hasty rescheduling of works to ensure school buses have access to the primary school.

    Take a look at the aggregate finish on the new pavements.
    This pic is the area south of Wallcliffe Road/Bussell Highway intersection.

    Northern entrance to town
    Crews continue to complete the deep drainage system with the final stages of work being undertaken that will connect the system to the existing rain garden area. So far more than 2800cubic metres (approx. 5000tonnes) of material has been excavated to enable the installation of around 620m of drainage pipe. Stormwater continues to flow through the existing network into the raingarden whilst any water removed from trenches is pumped through the sediment tank to remove any particulates before it runs through the raingarden for further cleansing and onward flow into the river.

    Wallcliffe Road/Bussell Intersection
    Works are continuing on schedule for the completion and opening of the new roundabout at the Wallcliffe Road and Bussell Highway intersection. Key elements to be completed in the next week include kerbing, the granite rock wall adjacent to Senior High School and the footpaths adjacent to the roundabout.

    The recent announcement that schools would reopen for the start of term 2 resulted in some hasty rescheduling of works to ensure school buses have access to the primary school.

    Take a look at the aggregate finish on the new pavements.
    This pic is the area south of Wallcliffe Road/Bussell Highway intersection.

    Northern entrance to town
    Crews continue to complete the deep drainage system with the final stages of work being undertaken that will connect the system to the existing rain garden area. So far more than 2800cubic metres (approx. 5000tonnes) of material has been excavated to enable the installation of around 620m of drainage pipe. Stormwater continues to flow through the existing network into the raingarden whilst any water removed from trenches is pumped through the sediment tank to remove any particulates before it runs through the raingarden for further cleansing and onward flow into the river.

  • Early start for Stage 2 works

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    28 days ago

    Stage 2 of the Main Street Makeover works is being brought forward to an earlier start, kicking off at the beginning of May. This will support fast-tracking the completion of the project (see Project Stages map).

    Initially this will involve the continuation of the stormwater upgrade works up the middle of the street from the Tunbridge Street/Churchill Avenue/Bussell Highway intersection heading south towards Fearn Avenue.

    The 1.2m wide pipe laid to the north will continue to run up to the Fearn Avenue/Willmott Avenue intersection and act as the main conduit for stormwater running through the system from Tunbridge Street, Churchill Avenue, Willmott Avenue, Fearn Avenue as well as water running from the Wallcliffe and Forrest Road intersection.


    Pedestrian access
    Pedestrian access on both sides of the Main Street will be retained whilst the current cul de sac arrangement from Fearn Avenue heading north will gradually retreat as work progresses.

    Stage 2 of the Main Street Makeover works is being brought forward to an earlier start, kicking off at the beginning of May. This will support fast-tracking the completion of the project (see Project Stages map).

    Initially this will involve the continuation of the stormwater upgrade works up the middle of the street from the Tunbridge Street/Churchill Avenue/Bussell Highway intersection heading south towards Fearn Avenue.

    The 1.2m wide pipe laid to the north will continue to run up to the Fearn Avenue/Willmott Avenue intersection and act as the main conduit for stormwater running through the system from Tunbridge Street, Churchill Avenue, Willmott Avenue, Fearn Avenue as well as water running from the Wallcliffe and Forrest Road intersection.


    Pedestrian access
    Pedestrian access on both sides of the Main Street will be retained whilst the current cul de sac arrangement from Fearn Avenue heading north will gradually retreat as work progresses.

  • Keeping it local

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    28 days ago

    With 98% of total expenditure being delivered by local and South West WA based businesses, this really is a local project supporting the local and regional economy in tough times. As at the end of March, 43% of expenditure has been spent locally in the form of direct employment with BCP and SJ Traffic plus engaged local subcontractors and suppliers. The remaining 55% is being delivered by South West WA based businesses.

    With 98% of total expenditure being delivered by local and South West WA based businesses, this really is a local project supporting the local and regional economy in tough times. As at the end of March, 43% of expenditure has been spent locally in the form of direct employment with BCP and SJ Traffic plus engaged local subcontractors and suppliers. The remaining 55% is being delivered by South West WA based businesses.

  • Main Street Makeover to fast track amidst shutdown

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    28 days ago

    Plans to fast track Margaret River’s Main Street Makeover are underway in an effort to minimise future disruption to Main Street traders and support continued economic activity.

    Shire of Augusta Margaret River Chief Executive Officer, Stephanie Addison-Brown today announced Stage 2 works currently planned for September would commence on completion of Stage 1 in May/June this year.

    “Looking ahead the Shire is working hard with contractors, BCP to finalise plans,” she said.

    “We have made this decision to take advantage of the unplanned shutdown of the town as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Federal and State government...

    Plans to fast track Margaret River’s Main Street Makeover are underway in an effort to minimise future disruption to Main Street traders and support continued economic activity.

    Shire of Augusta Margaret River Chief Executive Officer, Stephanie Addison-Brown today announced Stage 2 works currently planned for September would commence on completion of Stage 1 in May/June this year.

    “Looking ahead the Shire is working hard with contractors, BCP to finalise plans,” she said.

    “We have made this decision to take advantage of the unplanned shutdown of the town as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Federal and State government restrictions in place to manage the spread.

    “Once we come out the other side of this pandemic, we want to support business owners and traders on the Main Street, and minimise further disruption time caused by the works.

    “Continuing the works will also support ongoing employment for the many local subcontractors working on the job, which in turn supports their families and the local economy, “she said.

    Ms Addison Brown said the Shire was working with both the State and Federal governments to seek to secure the necessary funding to deliver Stage 3 of the project.

    “Stage 3 of the works, from Willmott Avenue up to the Wallcliffe Road intersection is currently unfunded.

    “We are seeking funding to ensure completion of these capital works, immediately after the completion of Stage 2 if at all possible.

    “If successful this will enable the whole project to be completed this year and support Margaret River and the wider region get back on its feet post pandemic.


  • Churchill Ave/Tunbridge St intersection closure details

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    2 months ago

    Works are progressing well at the north entrance to town, with the contractor now moving south to install large pits and pipes at the Churchill Ave / Tunbridge St intersection.

    This will require the full closure of the Churchill intersection to all traffic to allow for safe construction to commence as of Friday 20 March 2020. The left turn into the Main Street via Churchill Ave will be closed.

    The Shire is looking at providing cul de sac arrangements to north and south of this intersection as soon as possible to facilitate easier access to shops near the work site...

    Works are progressing well at the north entrance to town, with the contractor now moving south to install large pits and pipes at the Churchill Ave / Tunbridge St intersection.

    This will require the full closure of the Churchill intersection to all traffic to allow for safe construction to commence as of Friday 20 March 2020. The left turn into the Main Street via Churchill Ave will be closed.

    The Shire is looking at providing cul de sac arrangements to north and south of this intersection as soon as possible to facilitate easier access to shops near the work site.

    The southern section of Bussell Hwy can be temporarily reopened to allow access to Margaret’s Forrest entrance from the North. This will also mean that businesses affected by full vehicle closure since 27 February 2020 will regain vehicle access.

    Residents and visitors are reminded that there are parking bays and access points to the Main Street behind shops south of Churchill Avenue, on Ned Higgins Lane. Refer to parking map here.

  • Parking map for visitors

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    2 months ago

    The Shire has created a parking map to help visitors identify parking spots around the CBD, together with information on what the Main Street Makeover will deliver.

    Hard copies
    Accommodation providers can pick up hard copies at the Visitor Information Centre on Bussell Highway.

    Download digital copy here


    The Shire has created a parking map to help visitors identify parking spots around the CBD, together with information on what the Main Street Makeover will deliver.

    Hard copies
    Accommodation providers can pick up hard copies at the Visitor Information Centre on Bussell Highway.

    Download digital copy here


  • Progress update at the north end of town

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    2 months ago

    Work is progressing well at the north entry to town.
    Deep excavation is required to install the necessary stormwater infrastructure.
    A shutter (pictured) is being used to safeguard the trench and workers from any potential collapse.
    Stormwater pits are being are being installed along with several 1.2m diameter pipes.


    Work is progressing well at the north entry to town.
    Deep excavation is required to install the necessary stormwater infrastructure.
    A shutter (pictured) is being used to safeguard the trench and workers from any potential collapse.
    Stormwater pits are being are being installed along with several 1.2m diameter pipes.


  • Bussell Highway Road Closure from 27 February - Northern access to the town centre

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    3 months ago

    The northern section of the Main Street (from Swings & Roundabouts Taphouse to Tunbridge St/Churchill Ave) will be closed from 27 February, with ground works commencing Friday. The closure is expected to be in place for approximately four weeks. View detour map.

    The road closure and detours are necessary to accommodate a realignment of stormwater infrastructure to avoid a conflict in utility services underground.

    Light vehicle access
    Light vehicle traffic entering from the north can access the Margaret River town site via Bussell Highway and following detours up Higgins Street and along Townview Terrace. Local traffic will still be...

    The northern section of the Main Street (from Swings & Roundabouts Taphouse to Tunbridge St/Churchill Ave) will be closed from 27 February, with ground works commencing Friday. The closure is expected to be in place for approximately four weeks. View detour map.

    The road closure and detours are necessary to accommodate a realignment of stormwater infrastructure to avoid a conflict in utility services underground.

    Light vehicle access
    Light vehicle traffic entering from the north can access the Margaret River town site via Bussell Highway and following detours up Higgins Street and along Townview Terrace. Local traffic will still be able to access businesses and properties north of the Coles Express service station.
    Alternatively, light vehicles can access town via the Perimeter Road and John Archibald Drive.

    Heavy and long vehicle access
    Heavy vehicles, including buses and vehicles towing trailers or caravans, are requested to use the Perimeter Road and enter Margaret River town via John Archibald Drive.

    Access to businesses in front of the closure site
    Visitors to JahRoc Galleries, Swings & Roundabouts Taphouse, Margaret River Bakery, Margaret River Collaborative and Innetown Backpackers are reminded that there is some parking available behind most of these shops on Ned Higgins Lane. Full pedestrian access will be maintained in front of these shops.

    Pedestrians will be able to access Margaret River Happy Times gift shop on foot. Access for guests staying at Margarets Forest Holiday Apartments will be provided.