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 4 September 2020

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    Stage 2A – Tunbridge St to Fearn Ave

    • Footpath works will continue throughout the week of the 7th September with footpaths completed and fully open in the section from Tunbridge St to Settlers Tavern.
    • Finalisation of the medians including landscaping will follow with this work scheduled to be completed for the week commencing 21st September.
    • With these works completed fencing will be removed from the section between Tunbridge St and Settlers Tavern to support pedestrian activation of this space.

    New footpath being poured today in front of the Target Arcade


    Stage 2B – Fearn Ave Festival Precinct

    • Drainage works to continue throughout this section.
    • Western Power electrical installations are scheduled for 21st September with notifications to affected businesses provided by Western Power.
    • The Shire and BCP have been monitoring traffic flows at the IGA/Settlers car park, Tunbridge St and Charles West Ave. Traffic is flowing well without any significant congestion. Please see the map indicating access to this parking.



    Stage 3 – Willmott Ave to Wallcliffe Rd

    • Potholing to locate underground services in this next section has been underway, and drainage construction will commence on 14th September.
    • The cul de sac arrangement on Bussell Highway will relocate south of the MR Hotel bottleshop from 14th September, roughly up to Bankwest/Margaret River Hemp Co.
    • Access to the MR Hotel bottleshop will be from the rear after this date (see map).
    • Pedestrian access to all businesses will continue throughout the work period.

  • Project update: Stage 3 and new traffic flows

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    26 Aug 2020
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    Stage 2a update (Churchill Ave to Willmott Ave)

    Kerbing and footpath works continue to move southwards along the main street with the new exposed aggregate footpaths beginning to show what the finished works will provide. Reticulation and landscaping are coming in next and soon the space will really start to take shape.

    BCP have been working with traders to maintain access to premises as these works continue, and it won't be long until the cattle run of fencing comes down.


    Stage 2b update (Fearn Avenue)

    Drainage works will continue along Fearn Ave over the coming weeks; this will require the closure of Fearn Ave from the Charles West intersection from tomorrow (Thursday 27 August).

    Access to the Coles car park will be via Fearn Ave opposite the library access road whilst access to the IGA/Settlers car park will be via Tunbridge St.

    Traffic travelling north should use Townview Terrace via Forrest Rd and Churchill Ave if not intending to access car parks. The detour map below identifies public parking options throughout the precinct and routes for through traffic and those wishing to access the main street.



    Stage 3 commencement (Willmott Ave to Wallcliffe Rd)

    Following the announcement of funding for Stage 3, works will commence on Monday 31 August with drainage construction from Willmott Ave south.

    This will result in the current cul de sac arrangement on the main street shifting south to the Margaret River Hotel bottle shop entrance for approximately 1 week.

    Following this the closure will extend south to Town Square as the drainage works continue. In addition to the replacement of the storm water system, the existing Water Corporation water main requires replacement as it is now over 60 years old.



  • Main Street Promo video coming

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    07 Aug 2020
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    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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    07 Aug 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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    31 Jul 2020
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    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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    24 Jul 2020
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    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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    17 Jul 2020
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    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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    07 Jul 2020
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    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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    30 Jun 2020
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    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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    12 Jun 2020
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    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