Margaret River Main Street Makeover

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From February - December 2020, Margaret River’s Main Street underwent a major transformation. The Main Street Makeover included a range of improvements designed to create an even more enjoyable place 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.

From February - December 2020, Margaret River’s Main Street underwent a major transformation. The Main Street Makeover included a range of improvements designed to create an even more enjoyable place 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.

  • Project update - 6 November 2020

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    06 Nov 2020
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    Works are steaming ahead with 6 weeks to go until the project is due to be complete.

    Stage 2A (Tunbridge St to Fearn Ave)

    Here's a heads up about works scheduled in the Stage 2A area as we work to prepare the road surface for final asphalt this month.

    KEY DATES

    • 7 & 8 November - the road will be profiled and stabilised preparing the base course for installation of the road’s final asphalt layer. You can expect dust, noise and vibration whilst the stabilisation is undertaken. Fences have gone back up on both sides of the street (from the peanut roundabout to Riversmith) as there will be heavy vehicles doing work up and down the street. Banner mesh has been installed to reduce dust as much as possible.
    • 9-13 November - the stabilised basecourse will be compacted by rollers and trimmed into shape. Pedestrian crossings will be built in this area, ready for the final asphalt layer. Trees will be planted towards the end of the week. Footpaths at the Willmott Ave interserction will be built.

    ACCESS

    • There will be limited to no pedestrian crossing points from the Visitor Centre/Dome up to Riversmith/surf shops whilst the works are undertaken due to heavy vehicles doing their work up and down the street.
    • Traffic Control will be in place at the peanut roundabout to enable plant vehicles to turn around, however there will be minimal disruption to traffic flows.

    The good news is, we are getting very close to completing this project area.
    We will undertake a shop front clean (power wash) when crews have completed the asphalt works to finish this stage completely.


    Stage 2B update (Fearn Avenue - New Festival Precinct )

    • Next week you'll see the Manchurian Pear trees planted at the Festival Precinct.
    • The footings for street furniture have been poured, and crews will install footings for light poles.
    • You'll also see structural steel fixed to footings in this area for the new street furniture and shelter!


    Stage 3 (Willmott Ave to Wallcliffe Rd)

    • Last week the central spine was 100% completed, now drainage crews are working towards installing the last few drainage pits for the project.
    • Next week footpaths in front of Lloyds, First National Real Estate, Little Rascals, Margaret River Sweet Shop and NAB will be poured.
    • By the end of next week edge kerbing will be constructed up to Town Square, so you'll be able to see the new parking spaces emerge.
    • A crossing point opposite Town Square will be installed for the weekend.
  • Project update - 30 October 2020

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    30 Oct 2020
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    Stage 2A (Tunbridge St to Fearn Ave )
    Here's a heads up about works scheduled in the Stage 2A area as we work to prepare the road surface for final asphalt.

    KEY DATES

    • 2 -6 November - construction of the median islands to Riversmith will be completed. Electrical cabling will be inserted into conduits from Target to the Willmott Avenue intersection.
    • Mid-late next week - fencing will go back up on both sides of the Stage 2A area from mid to late next week (from Riversmith/ surf shops to the Visitor Centre/Dome crossing. Banner mesh will be installed to reduce dust as much as possible.
    • 7 & 8 November - over these two days the road will be profiled and stabilised preparing the base course for installation of the road’s final asphalt layer.
    • 9-13 November - the stabilised basecourse will be compacted by rollers and trimmed into shape.
    • Week of 16 November - the final asphalt is scheduled to be constructed, exact date to be confirmed.

    ACCESS

    • There will be limited to no pedestrian crossing points from the Visitor Centre/Dome up to Riversmith/surf shops whilst the works are undertaken due to heavy vehicles doing their work up and down the street.
    • Traffic Control will be in place at the peanut roundabout to enable plant vehicles to turn around, however there will be minimal disruption to traffic flows.

    You can expect dust, noise and vibration whilst the stabilisation is undertaken.
    The good news is, we are getting very close to completing this project area.

    We will undertake a shop front clean (power wash) when crews have completed the asphalt works to finish this stage completely.

    Stage 2B update (Willmott Ave/ Bussell Hwy intersection )

    • The footpath in Willmott Ave North will be demolished, and the new footpath formed up and poured.
    • The light pole footing and electrical pit will be installed.
    • Crews will finish off kerbing in this area and fit drainage lids.

    Stage 2B update (Fearn Avenue - New Festival Precinct )

    • Contours of the one way lane through the new Festival Precinct can be seen between the two edge beams that have been installed.
    • Crews will pour the new roundabout next week, with the road base now ready.
    • Drainage lids will be fitted to the roundabout area next week and electrical contractors will install in-situ footings for light poles.
    • Kerbing construction will continue.
    • You'll also see structural steel fixed to footings in this area for the new street furniture and shelter!

    Stage 3 (Willmott Ave to Wallcliffe Rd)

    • Exciting milestone - the central drainage spine from the top to bottom of the street is 100% complete.
    • Crews are working on the footpaths in front of the Margaret River Hotel.
    • Next week footpaths in front of the Coles arcade to Bob's Shoes will be demolished and reconstructed.
    • By the end of next week all underground services and edge kerbing will be constructed up to Priceline on the West side of Bussell Highway.
    • All below ground services and edge kerbing will completed up to Little Rascals on the East side of Bussell Hwy.
    • Drainage crew will start installing side entry pits on the East side of the road.
    • All electrical and communications conduits will be installed past Priceline.
    • A crossing point opposite Town Square will be installed for the weekend.
  • Project update - 23 October 2020

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    28 Oct 2020
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    Stage 2A (Tunbridge St to Fearn Ave)

    • Median strip construction and installation of reticulation to the garden beds from Settlers Tavern car park towards Fearn Avenue is ongoing.
    • In the next two weeks you'll start to see plants going in!
    • Crews will begin constructing kerbs at the Willmott Ave/Bussell Hwy intersection.

    Stage 2B update (Fearn Avenue - New Festival Precinct )

    • Crews continue to work on the foundations for the new Festival Precinct, compacting the road base to get levels correct.
    • Next week the first road seal under the new roundabout will go in, allowing crews to 'box out' the shape of our new roundabout ready for concrete.

    Stage 3 (Willmott Ave to Wallcliffe Rd)

    • This stage is tracking well with the central stormwater system pipe installed up to Goodfellas Cafe..
    • Crews are continuing to connect stormwater pipes from businesses into the new stormwater system moving up the street from the Willmott Ave/Bussell Hwy intersection.
    • A crossing point opposite Town Square will be installed for the weekend.


  • Town Square Activation!

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    16 Oct 2020
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    Businesses in Town Square have joined forces, and successfully applied for a Main Street Activation Grant to help keep Town Square vibrant during the works.

    Grant money has gone towards hiring tables, pot plants and outdoor umbrellas, creating a little oasis amongst the construction.

    Grants will also help fund a raft of free family friendly activities on Saturdays to draw locals into the town centre.

    Free Kids Yoga and Giant Games are on this Saturday 17 October at 10am and again at 10.30am



    Main Street Activation Grants are open!
    Find out more here

  • Project Update - 16 October 2020

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    16 Oct 2020
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    Stage 2A (Tunbridge St to Fearn Ave)

    • Footpaths outside the surf shops and Sports Power is under demolition and the new exposed aggregate path construction will start next week.
    • The median strips are being built from Settlers Tavern car park towards Fearn Avenue.
    • Reticulation to the garden beds from Settlers Tavern to Riversmith is being installed.
    • Side entry pits at the Fearn Ave/Bussell Hwy/Willmott Ave intersection is under construction.

    Stage 2B update (Fearn Avenue - New Festival Precinct )

    • 100% of the stormwater infrastructure, electrical services and irrigation sleeves are in!
    • Crews continue to work on the foundations for our new Festival Precinct, with the sub road base now done and the base course (the next layer of the road's pavement) underway.

    Stage 3 (Willmott Ave to Wallcliffe Rd)

    • This stage is tracking well with the central and western stormwater system installed up to Priceline Pharmacy.
    • Installation of the new water main will be completed by next week.
    • Crews are continuing to connect stormwater pipes from businesses on the western side of Bussell Hwy into the new stormwater system.
    • Installation of electrical conduits and irrigation sleeves will continue up the road.
    • Work has begun to build the side entry pits on the eastern side of the road
  • Project update - 9 October 2020

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    09 Oct 2020
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    Stage 2A (Tunbridge St to Fearn Ave)

    • Footpaths have been constructed up to Fearn Avenue (on the west side of Bussell Highway) and up to Westpac (on the east side).
    • Demolition of the old footpath outside the two surf shops and Sports Power will take place next week.
    • The median strip kerb will be built from Settlers tavern car park towards Fearn Avenue.

    Stage 2B update (Fearn Avenue - New Festival Precinct )

    • Crews are preparing the road surface to start constructing the small roundabout on Fearn Avenue near the entrance to the Coles car park and lane way connecting to Tunbridge Street.

    Stage 3 (Willmott Ave to Wallcliffe Rd)

    Stage 3 is seeing two distinct items of work being undertaken: a new water main (to deliver water) being installed, and new storm water drainage being built.

    • The replacement of the water main is complete up to Town Square and will continue towards Wallcliffe roundabout next week.
    • Installation of the central stormwater pipe is up to Toyworld and will continue up the hill next week.
  • Project update - 2 October 2020

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    02 Oct 2020
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    Stage 2A (Tunbridge St to Fearn Ave)

    • Footpaths have been constructed outside Riversmith (on the west side) and from the Bookshop to Westpac (on the east side) with cleaning due to take place after hours next week.
    • Demolition of the old footpath outside the surf shops is due to take place after school holidays.
    • The median strip kerb will be built from Settlers tavern car park towards Fearn Avenue.

    Stage 2B update (Fearn Avenue - New Festival Precinct )

    • Crews are continuing to prepare the basecourse for the road and pedestrian precinct area.
    • Aiming to complete storm water connections between businesses and the main system next week
    • We're getting closer to seeing some of the contours of the new Festival Precinct appear with edgebeam kerbing footings due for construction next week.

    Stage 3 (Willmott Ave to Wallcliffe Rd)

    Stage 3 is seeing two distinct items of work being undertaken: a new water main (to deliver water) being installed, and new storm water drainage being built.

    • The replacement of the water main is now moving up past Town Square towards Wallcliffe roundabout. This trench will be back-filled and construction of new storm water drainage is following along behind (now up to Chicken Treat).
    • Next week drainage crews will start working on stormwater connections to businesses from Fearn Ave heading up the hill on the west side.
    • Crews will also be installing electrical and irrigation sleeves for servicing garden beds and electrical needs in the later stages of the road works.

  • Project Update 25 September 2020

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    25 Sep 2020
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    Stage 2A (Tunbridge St to Fearn Ave)

    Looking uphill from the peanut roundabout the street is really starting to take shape. Landscapers have been busily planting and mulching in amongst the reticulated garden beds, and new light poles installed today.

    Fences have been removed up to the entrance to Settlers Tavern car park, making this section of the Main Street open and easy for pedestrians.

    Cleaning of footpaths has been taking place in the evenings, ready for holiday foot traffic. Next week will see new street furniture being installed.


    Stage 2B update (Fearn Avenue - new Festival Precinct)

    Storm water connections between businesses and the main system have been installed today and will be ongoing next week. Installation of electrical and irrigation cabling is continuing next week.

    Stage 3 (Willmott Ave to Wallcliffe Rd)

    Stage 3 is seeing two distinct items of work being undertaken: a new water main (to deliver water) being installed, and new storm water drainage being built.

    The replacement of the water main has been moving uphill at a rapid pace, now moving up past Town Square. This trench will be back-filled and construction of new storm water drainage will follow along behind.

    Next week will also see commencement of electrical and irrigation sleeves for servicing garden beds and electrical needs in the later stages of the road works.


  • Project update 18 September 2020

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    18 Sep 2020
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    Stage 2A (Tunbridge St to Fearn Ave)

    • Street light poles will be installed from Monday.
    • Landscaping works are due to be completed by end of the next week in this section.
    • Footpath cleaning and sealing works from Tunbridge to Settlers are due for completion by the end of next week. Cleaning will also be after hours (5pm). BCP will work with traders to confirm the work schedule to minimise disruption to businesses operating after hours.
    • Fences will be removed on both sides of the street from Tunbridge to Settlers once the sealing works are done. This will open things up nicely!
    • Kerb works will continue up the hill.
    • Based on arborist advice, the tree outside Side Kick Cafe will need to be removed. With the new road geometry and the tree growing at an angle, high vehicles may hit it.

    Stage 2B update (Fearn Avenue - New Festival Precinct )

    • Western Power has confirmed that the required power outage on Mon 21 September for reconnection to new services will be undertaken after hours (from 7pm on Mon 21 Sept to 6am Tue 22 Sept).
    • Hurray! The major drainage works underground in Fearn Ave are now complete.
    • Existing foothpaths in the Festival Precinct will be demolished next week.
    • Underground power cables and irrigation sleeves are almost installed.
    • There will be limited access to the public toilets at the Fearn Ave/Charles West St intersection, please access via Charles West St.

    Stage 3 (Willmott Ave to Wallcliffe Rd)

    • Water main replacement and drainage works are continuing up the hill.


  • Project update 11 September 2020

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    Main Street works have made good progress this week in Stages 2A and 2B, and next week we will see the following activity taking place:

    Stage 2A (Tunbridge St to Fearn Ave)

    • From tomorrow morning (Saturday) footpaths will be fully open from Tunbridge St to the Margaret River Bookshop on the east side, and to Sidekick Café on the west side.
    • Topsoil and landscaping in the garden beds and medians from Tunbridge St to Settlers Tavern has commenced today and will continue tomorrow and into the early part of next week.
    • Streetlight installation in the medians from Tunbridge St to Settlers Tavern will be happening over the following week
    • Continuation of new footpath construction from Settlers to Fearn Ave. The Shire and BCP will continue to liaise with affected traders to organise and confirm work schedules.
    • Footpath cleaning and sealing works from Tunbridge to Settlers will commence after hours (from 5pm). BCP will work with traders to confirm the work schedule to minimise disruption to businesses operating after hours, this is scheduled for later in the week.
    • Western Power has confirmed that the required power outage on 21st September for reconnection to new services will be undertaken after hours (from 8pm) to reduce disruption to trade.





    Stage 2B (Fearn Ave Festival Precinct)

    • The extensive drainage works underground in Fearn Ave will be completed on Saturday 12th September. See the picture below for an indication of how much infrastructure is being installed to deal with our annual winter deluge.
    • Underground power cables and irrigation sleeves will commence installation on Monday 14th September
    • The remaining road surface and road base will be removed from the Festival precinct to enable the new pedestrian area and one way section to be constructed.
    • Pedestrian access to Yonder Bar, Egberts and Acton Real Estate will be maintained at all times. Please follow the pedestrian detour signs.
    • There will be limited access to the public toilets at the Fearn Ave/Charles West St intersection, please access via Charles West St



    Stage 3 (Willmott Ave to Wallcliffe Rd)

    • Water main replacement and drainage works will commence on Monday 14th
    • The cul de sac will move from its current position to outside Hemp Co on Monday 14th.
    • Depending on progress the remainder of the Stage 3 project area (from Willmott Ave to Wallcliffe Rd) will be closed to vehicles from as early as Saturday 19th September to enable the continuation of the works to replace the water main and storm water drainage. As soon as this date is finalised we communicate the details.
    • A reminder that the Margaret River Hotel bottle shop is accessible from Ned Higgins Lane for in-car service.

    *Please note the following in relation to Stage 3 works:

    • To support achieving the target completion date of 18th December it is essential that the underground works are completed as soon as possible.
    • Full pedestrian access will be maintained to the east and west sides of Stage 3 whilst these works are completed.
    • Additional pedestrian crossing points will be installed as soon as it is safe to do so.
    • The Shire and BCP are speaking to all affected businesses from this point on in relation to this and all future works in Stage 3.