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.


  • Progress update 26 February

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    27 Feb 2020
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    Works are on schedule at the Bussell Hwy/Wallcliffe Rd/Forrest Rd intersection. Stormwater drainage has been fully installed on the west side of the intersection and is connected to existing drainage in Reuther Park, meaning we are prepared for rainfall. Excavation works on the eastern side of the intersection will begin soon with all drainage works at the top intersection expected to be completed by the end of next week. Footpath construction will commence once the stormwater drainage works are complete.



  • Progress update 17 February

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    18 Feb 2020
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    Wallcliffe Road/Bussell Highway intersection update

    Works are progressing well at the top end of town. Before the new roundabout is built, old stormwater infrastructure under ground is being replaced. Work crews have dug down about 3.5 meters to the centre junction pit, laying eleven, 450mm stormwater pipes. The team is now working west of the intersection on Wallcliffe Road, digging four side entry pits. These are the little openings you see along kerbs designed to collect stormwater from the road surface. Once this is done, they’ll begin making side entry pits to the north and east side of the intersection.



    Tunbridge Street/Churchill Avenue intersection

    Crews have been potholing to confirm the location of utility services under the ground. This involves careful vacuum excavation to allow visual confirmation of services and other unknown obstructions before starting deep excavation. The location of huge1500mm diameter stormwater pipes to be installed between Tunbridge Street and the rain garden are being moved from the northbound carriageway to the centre of the road. This will require a portion of Bussell Highway to close whilst excavation works take place and pipes are laid. Updated detour map is available here.




  • Driver safety message

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    07 Feb 2020

    Whilst most drivers are following detours, there have been a number of incidents where people are ignoring red lights, stop bats and even taking risks driving on the wrong side of the road into oncoming traffic to avoid detours. We ask drivers to follow detour signage and the directions of traffic management personnel to avoid a serious incident happening. We appreciate your help in spreading this message.

  • Stormwater pipes arrive

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    07 Feb 2020
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    Check out the size of these pipes! Reinforced concrete pipes have arrived and will be installed underground at the north end of town in the coming months to improve drainage on the Main Street. The 1500mm diameter pipes carry storm water into the bioretention basin (rain garden) which naturally filters water before it infiltrates the river.


  • Detour Information (From 3 Feb 2020)

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    27 Feb 2020
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    Stage 1 of the Margaret River Main Street Makeover will begin 3 February until 30 May 2020.

    Detours and traffic management will be in place at all times during this period. Please follow the directions of traffic management personnel and follow the directional detour signage at all times. Pedestrian and bike access will be clearly signposed.

    Access to Settler’s Tavern, IGA and other businesses via Tunbridge Street will remain open at all times. If you have any questions, please contact Shire Project Manager, Peter Brown 0481 460 578

    Map above includes detours from 3 Feb - 4 March 2020

    DOWNLOAD additional detour maps for all of Stage 1 ( until end of May)*

    *Subject to change. Whilst detour dates have been planned in advance, they may be updated pending progress of the project.
  • Community information session

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    16 Jan 2020
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    Come along to hear more about the detailed plans for the timing of works and traffic management for February 2020.

    Tuesday 21 January 5.30-6.30pm in Margaret River Council Chambers



  • Road Closure Notice - sections of Bussell Highway

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    03 Jan 2020
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    Notice is given of the following partial and full road closures from 1 February 2020 to 30 May 2020.

    Bussell Highway – at the intersections of Wallcliffe Road and Forrest Road, Margaret River.
    Bussell Highway – at the intersections of Tunbridge Street and Churchill Avenue, Margaret River.

    Both closures are for the purpose of constructing roundabouts.

    Detours and traffic management will be in place at all times during this period. Please follow the directions of traffic management personnel and follow the directional detour signage at all times. Further information about detours will be issued soon.

    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 5641 or 0481 460 578.





    This notice is given In accordance with the Local Government Act – Section 3.50 (1a, 4).
  • Main Street Design Drawings

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    18 Dec 2019

    Technical drawings for the Main Street Makeover are available here.
    You can also access them in the 'documents' section of this website.



  • Local contractor awarded tender for Main Street works

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    18 Dec 2019
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    Local construction company Busselton Civil (BCP) Pty Ltd was awarded the construction tender for Margaret River’s Main Street upgrade that is set to start in February 2020.

    A total of six organisations attended the public briefing for more information about the project, with two quality tender responses received.

    The Shire of Augusta Margaret River Council decided at last night’s Ordinary Council Meeting to appoint BCP as the successful tenderer.

    Shire President Ian Earl said he was delighted that a business from within the local region would be completing the Main Street Makeover.

    “I’m very pleased to announce that after thorough evaluation by a panel, a local supplier has been selected.

    “There is a total $8.6m in State and Local Government funding earmarked for phases one and two of the project and the more of these funds that are spent locally, the more we will see recirculated back to local families.”

    “This really is a win for the whole community,” he said.

    Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Addison-Brown said the first two phases of works to be completed under the tender contract include Tunbridge Street to Fearn Avenue (including the new Festival Precinct on Fearn Avenue), the roundabout to the south of town where Bussell Highway intersects with Wallcliffe Road, and the roundabout at Tunbridge Street and Churchill Avenue intersection.

    “There has been a big build up to this point and I feel like the community can really get excited now,” she said.

    “The project is going to result in a highly attractive, welcoming and accessible centre of town that we can really enjoy and be proud of.

    “There will be critical drainage improvements, road pavement upgrades and improved safety measures for both pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

    “The streetscape will be friendlier, with more landscaping and seating areas to socialise in.

    “Also included is a new Festival Precinct which has been long desired for by the community – particularly business groups.

    “This will create opportunities for more festivals, fairs, celebrations and events to create a more vibrant and active town centre,” she said.

    A summary of key benefits includes:
    • increased number of road crossing points from six to nine to improve pedestrian safety and constructed in line with current standards;
    • a net increase of at least two parking bays within the CBD, with increased length of parking bays from 6.3m to 7m. This will provide better access for 4WD vehicles and achieve compliance with current standards. There will be additional directional signage to direct traffic to parking options;
    • larger ACROD accessible bays for people with mobility restrictions;
    • a new Festival Precinct on Fearn Avenue providing the community with an event space adding to the vibrancy and community feel of our town centre. The Festival Precinct will include a rain garden;
    • safer intersections and improvements to traffic flow with the new roundabouts at Tunbridge Street and Wallcliffe Road/Bussell Highway intersections;
    • a new cycle lane and additional bike parking which will help create a culture of using alternative transport modes;
    • improved verge landscaping and larger tree protection zones to preserve the established trees;
    • better drainage, pathway and road surfaces; new energy efficient LED street lighting;
    • better bin systems to improve recycling;
    • new outdoor seating and;
    • flags on street poles that can be better utilised by community groups and event organisers to promote events.
    The key features and benefits of the project have been determined through extensive community consultation held with residents, business owners, community groups, partner agencies and local organisations since 2013,” Ms Addison-Brown said.

    “Through this consultation, our community have essentially built the plan in collaboration with the Shire.

    “I feel very confident people are going to be really happy with the final result.

    “We look forward to starting the project as scheduled in February 2020 and bringing the long-awaited project to fruition,” she said.

    The first two phases of this project are funded by the State Government of Western Australia through the South West Development Commission and by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.

    The third phase between Willmot Avenue up to Wallcliffe Road is subject to further funding.

    For more information about the project visit www.mainstreetmakeover.com.au
  • Gearing up for the Main Street Makeover

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    04 Dec 2019
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    With Margaret River’s Main Street upgrade on track to begin in February 2020, the Shire of Augusta Margaret River is launching a joint marketing campaign to support traders through the construction period and inform residents about the changes in store.

    The Main Street Makeover campaign has been developed in close consultation with a group of Main Street traders and the Margaret River Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MRCCI).

    Shire Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Addison-Brown said the campaign’s aims were to help keep the Main Street vibrant during the upgrade and inform locals, visitors and shoppers about the exciting changes in store.

    “This campaign is a fun and positive way to build a buzz around the Main Street and draw people in,” explains Ms Addison-Brown.

    “We’ve already seen a number of businesses coming up with some brilliant initiatives which they plan to do next year.

    “There are a number of exciting features our community can look forward to seeing as part of the upgrade.

    “In addition to critical storm water drainage upgrades, the Main Street will have a designated cycle lane and a new Festival Precinct on Fearn Avenue - providing our town with an alfresco event space that can be temporarily closed off to traffic," Ms Addison-Brown said.

    MRCCI President and Main Street trader Melissa D’Ath said the Main Street Makeover campaign complemented broader initiatives to support local business.

    “The Shire has been working closely with us and is taking a proactive approach to support the business community in the lead up to works kicking off.

    “The Main Street Makeover campaign gives us a marketing umbrella to unite under, and collectively come up with ideas to keep people coming into town.

    “Some examples we’ve heard are Hard Hat Happy Hours as part of the Main Street Makeover, or a Main Street Makeover Shop Rewards Program, with prizes up for grabs once you collect enough stamps from participating stores,” she said.

    Ms D’Ath said the MRCCI was encouraging all businesses to get on board.

    “We think the cumulative effect of joining in and supporting this initiative, combined with other events coming to the CBD next year like the South West Street Festival and Emergence Creative Festival will help even out potential impact to trade due to works going on,” she said.

    The campaign will be supported with a range of marketing materials including information boards detailing features of the upgrade, parking maps for accommodation providers, temporary parking signage to direct people to peripheral parking spots, staging plan information and additional communications to help smooth any potential disruption.

    For up to date information about the project visit mainstreetmakeover.com.au

    The community is also invited to join the next ‘Meet with Pete’ session on Tuesday 17 December, 4.30pm at Settlers Tavern where Project Manager Peter Brown can answer any questions about the works in person.

    ‘Meet with Pete’ sessions will be held monthly throughout the duration of the project. Check mainstreetmakeover.com.au for event dates.

    This project is supported by the State Government of Western Australia.