Margaret River Main Street Makeover

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Starting in February 2020, Margaret River’s Main Street will begin a transformation. 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

Starting in February 2020, Margaret River’s Main Street will begin a transformation. 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.


  • Main Street Promo video coming

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    about 1 hour ago

    Main Street promotional video
    The Shire has funded a soon to be released film clip to support ongoing visitation to the Main Street. This was brought to the Shire by Main Street traders and the MRCCI with the Shire happy to support the initiative.

    It’s primarily targeted at visitors to manage expectations about their visit to Margaret River’s town centre.

    The clip will highlight the Main Street is open for business, help visitors know to plan and book ahead, show what’s happening in the centre of town and gain some understanding about what individual shop owners are going through – delivered in a light and humorous way.

    It will be ‘released’ across our social media platforms. Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association will assist with distribution of the video, and local businesses will be encouraged to share via their social media channels as well.

    Keep your eyes peeled!

  • Project update 7 August 2020

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    Stage 2a update (Churchill Ave to Willmott Ave)
    Works connecting the drainage crossovers to properties are now complete. Kerbing is being laid up the street with the footpaths following on behind.

    As the footpath works progress we will work with all traders to minimise/avoid access issues whilst works are in progress.

    We have made one final adjustment to the parking layout at the north entrance to town, on the east lane to facilitate access for elderly and infirm community members. No further adjustments are planned.



    Stage 3 Planning
    With the announcement that the State government are funding Stage 3, the Shire and BCP are working to finalise the construction plan for the final stage of the project from Fearn Avenue to Wallcliffe Road.

    Whilst we are conscious of the disruption that Stage 2 works are having there will be a need for some overlap of Stage 2 and 3 construction works to ensure that we can deliver the project between now and Christmas.

    We will hold an information session for local businesses in the coming weeks. Details will be available on the mainstreetmakeover.com.au website and emailed out to traders.

    Stage 1a (Peanut Roundabout)
    Final landscaping works are underway and will be completed next week. This will mark the completion of the northern entry to town.

  • State-backed funding enables final stage of Main Street Makeover

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    7 days ago

    Councillors welcomed today’s State Government announcement of an additional $3.08m to fund the third and final stage of Margaret River’s Main Street Makeover.

    With Stage Two works tracking well, news of the additional funds will enable the Shire of Augusta Margaret River to keep contractors on site and complete the section from Willmott Avenue up to the new Wallcliffe Road Roundabout.

    To date, over 90% of project funds have been spent on local trades in the South West region, with 50% within the Shire.

    Acting Shire President Pauline McLeod said she was thrilled with the announcement.

    “Now that the two new roundabouts are complete, we can really start to visualise how our new Main Street will look,” she said.

    “Whilst the works have caused disruption for our community, the critical upgrades to storm water infrastructure, safer intersections, pedestrian friendly street and new festival precinct will be well worth it.

    “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.

    “I’d like to thank the State Government, including the South West Development Commission for supporting this project.”

    The Shire will hold an information session for local businesses in the Main Street around the Stage Three timing. Further details will be available at www.mainstreetmakeover.com.au next week.

  • 24 July update

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    14 days ago

    Kerbing
    You'll start to see the structure of new parking bays and median strips emerge with kerbing going in. Crews will begin in front of the Visitor Centre, and continue up the hill.

    Removal of trees
    Those trees identified in Stage 2 of the plans will be removed next week.
    Greening up the town centre is a central part of the Main Street Makeover, providing shade, natural beauty and habitat for bird life. Once completed we'll increase the total number of trees from 78 to 92 along the Main Street.

    Replanting (500L and 200L pot size) will happen when final landscaping is done.

    Retic hook up to recycled water
    Retic for garden beds in the peanut roundabout and surrounding intersection will be installed. These will connect to our recycled water system.

    Fearn Avenue
    A tricky bit of stormwater engineering is now done, with pipes installed over 4m deep at the Fearn Av/Bussell Hwy intersection.
    Electrical pillars are being relocated on Fearn Avenue in preparation for ground works to start in this area.

  • Roundabout line marking Mon 20 July

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    21 days ago

    What's happening?

    A dry weather window is coming up on Mon 20 July, allowing line marking at the two new roundabouts to take place.


    Road closures and detours

    • Morning road closure, Mon 20 July at Wallcliffle roundabout, reopening in the afternoon.
    • Afternoon road closure, Mon 20 July at the 'peanut' roundabout (Tunbridge St/Bussell Hwy/ Churchill Av intersection), reopening in the evening.

    Please follow detour signage. Thanks for your patience.

  • Peanut roundabout road closure 7 - 11 July

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    about 1 month ago

    What's happening?
    The top layer of asphalt is planned to go on this week at the new peanut roundabout (Tunbridge/Bussell/Churchill intersection), smart
    ening up our northern entrance to town.

    Because asphalting is not possible during rainy conditions, we are taking advantage of this next dry weather window to complete these critical works.

    If left unsealed for much longer whilst in use, extensive damage will continue to deteriorate the road surface.

    The intersection will remain closed from now until this time, to avoid further damage to the road base.

    Road closure info

    • Partial closure planned for Wed 8 July
    • Full closures planned for Thurs 9 July, Fri 10 July, Sat 11 July
    • New peanut roundabout open on Sunday

    Access and detour info

    • Traffic entering and exiting town will be diverted along Higgins St, Townview Tce and Forrest Rd.
    • The new Wallcliffe Road roundabout will be open as per the detour map below.
    • Alternative access into and out of Margaret River town centre is via Perimeter Rd and John Archibald Dr
    • Please follow detour signage.

    Thank you for your patience.


  • Wallcliffe Rd roundabout road closure - final road seal

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    about 1 month ago

    What's happening?
    The top layer of asphalt is planned to go on this week at the new Wallcliffe Rd roundabout, smoothing the road in time for school holidays. This is the first dry weather window allowing completion of these works.

    Road closure info

    • Full and partial closures planned for Thurs 1 July & Fri 2 July
    • There may be partial closure of this intersection on Sat 4 July.

    Access and detour info

    • The new peanut roundabout on Tunbridge St/Churchhill Ave/Bussell Hwy will be open as per the detour map below
    • Please follow detours signage

  • Supporting Main Street trade

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    about 2 months ago

    Several initiatives to help draw people to Margaret River’s Main Street as part of the Main Street Makeover are set to roll out over the coming months.

    The Shire of Augusta Margaret River is supporting a live artworks project, new murals and a grant program designed to create vibrancy, encourage people to linger in town longer and support local traders during the works.

    The Margaret River Memories project kicked off this week, with artist collective group SPARK Creatives, using historical stories and community memories of Margaret River to paint a storyline up and down the Main Street in an interactive piece of performance art. Poster ‘paste-ups’ will also go up around town featuring local written and photo memories.

    Shire Sustainable Economies Officer Saul Cresswell said residents and visitors could also expect to see new murals by local artists adding colour and interest to some prominent walls on the Main Street.

    “In partnership with Creative Corner and Emergence Creative, the Shire has commissioned well-known artists Ian Mutch, Sandra Hill and Jack Bromwell to create a sensational work of art,” he said.

    “As soon as the weather looks promising, the collaborative art piece featuring iconic Black Cockatoos, local flora, and Aboriginal designs will get underway,” he said.

    With COVID-19 restrictions continuing to ease, the Shire’s previously announced Main Street Activation Grants are now open once again.

    The pool of six grants, each up to $1,000 aim to assist with ideas that will help create vibrancy on the Main Street, helping to draw people in and support Main Street traders.

    Ideas might include art works, mini-events, silent discos, light projections, rewards card programs, and more.


    Add your memories and photos to the SPARK Creatives Facebook page or use #margaretrivermemories

  • Update 12 June

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    about 2 months ago

    (Stage 1a) North entrance to town

    • The right turn into Tunbridge St has been operating for the past 2 weeks; there has been a requirement for intermittent closure to enable concrete works to the footpaths and peanut roundabout.
    • Exposed aggregate footpath construction will continue until mid-June.
    • The intersection is open at weekends for traffic and with completion date for this stage scheduled for mid-July.

    (Stage 1b) Wallcliffe roundabout ready in two weeks

    • With works almost complete, this will be the first component of the project to open at the end of June.
    • Landscaping in the roundabout is complete and continues along the verges.
    • The SS Georgette memorial now occupies pride of place at the southern side of the roundabout and high school.
    • Light poles are scheduled to be installed next week.
    • This intersection is now open after hours and at weekends.
    • The final asphalt seal will be completed once all other works are finished and when we have the right weather window.

    (Stage 2a)
    Churchill Ave intersection to Willmott Ave

    • The main drainage line running up the middle of the street in this section is almost complete.
    • Next week works to construct the lateral drainage connections from the kerb line side entry pits will commence.
    • Stage 2a is expected to be completed by beginning/mid September, subject to weather.

    (Stage 2b)
    Festival Precinct on Fearn Avenue

    • Works in Fearn Ave will commence as soon as the Wallcliffe Rd/Forrest Rd roundabout can be opened to facilitate traffic to and from the south.
    • Initial works will include constructing the new roundabout to service the car parks behind Coles, Settlers and the IGA from Fearn Ave as well as service modifications to accommodate the new road layout.
    • It is anticipated that works will commence during the week of 15 June.

    Additional car parking – Wallcliffe Road

    A new car park at the Wallcliffe Rd/Station Rd intersection is now almost complete with only line marking to be finished; this will provide additional bays to service the northern end of town. The adjacent car park, closer to the High School is being designed, with works to commence thereafter.

  • Fearn Avenue Road Closure Notice

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    about 2 months ago

    In accordance with the Local Government Act – Section 3.50 (1a, 4), the Shire gives notice of the following partial and full road closures.

    Fearn Avenue – from intersection with Bussell Highway to the laneway connecting with Tunbridge Street
    Bussell Highway – from intersections of Tunbridge Street and Churchill Avenue to Willmott Avenue

    Closures are for the purpose of commencing Stage 2b, and continuing Stage 2a of the Margaret River Makeover.
    Full and partial closures are anticipated to occur from 15 June 2020 to the end of September 2020.

    Any persons wishing to make a submission about this matter should contact the Shire via email on amrshire@amrshire.wa.gov.au

    All other enquires can be made by contacting Peter Brown, Project Manager – Main Street Redevelopment Project by email pbrown@amrshire.wa.gov.au or phone 08 9780 5255 or 0481 460 578.

    The Shire will seek to minimise the impact of the construction works and apologises in advance for the inconvenience caused by the works.

    Project details available at www.mainstreetmakeover.com.au