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.


  • Public Meeting Invitation MAIN STREET PROJECT PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION Date: Thursday, February 7 Time: 5.30 pm and 6.30 pm Place: Shire Offices Wallcliffe Rd Margaret River

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    3 months ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.



  • Special Meeting of Council to Consider Main St Redevelopment Progress Options

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    3 months ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Shire of Augusta Margaret River Councillors will consider options to progress the Margaret River Main Street Redevelopment Project at the 30 January 2019 Special Meeting of Council after all tenders submitted for the works came in over budget.

    Read more here: https://www.amrshire.wa.gov.au/news/media-releases/1139/special-meeting-of-council-to-consider-main-st-redevelopment-progress-options/

    Shire of Augusta Margaret River Councillors will consider options to progress the Margaret River Main Street Redevelopment Project at the 30 January 2019 Special Meeting of Council after all tenders submitted for the works came in over budget.

    Read more here: https://www.amrshire.wa.gov.au/news/media-releases/1139/special-meeting-of-council-to-consider-main-st-redevelopment-progress-options/

  • Public Art Commissions for Public Art is announced!

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    3 months ago
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    Local artists Trent Walker, Ewan Cameron (CAST Designs), Ben Crappsley and Jennifer Cochrane have been awarded public art commissions for the Margaret River Main Street Redevelopment Project. The exciting new street furniture by Cast Designs, and art work by Ben Crappsley will be situated in the new public space in Fearn Avenue as part of the Shires’ ongoing commitment to supporting local artists through public art. In addition has Jennifer Cochrane will create ephemeral street art during construction.

    The street furniture and artwork were selected from seven shortlisted submissions from local artists. The Assessment Panel were very pleased with the...

    Local artists Trent Walker, Ewan Cameron (CAST Designs), Ben Crappsley and Jennifer Cochrane have been awarded public art commissions for the Margaret River Main Street Redevelopment Project. The exciting new street furniture by Cast Designs, and art work by Ben Crappsley will be situated in the new public space in Fearn Avenue as part of the Shires’ ongoing commitment to supporting local artists through public art. In addition has Jennifer Cochrane will create ephemeral street art during construction.

    The street furniture and artwork were selected from seven shortlisted submissions from local artists. The Assessment Panel were very pleased with the quality of all submissions and found it difficult to make a final judgement for commission.

    Project Manager Helen Whitbread said ‘All artists submitted a varied range of very high quality work. The talent we have in our region is amazing and we are very excited to be able to incorporate some of this into the project.’

    In coming to a final decision, the Panel was looking for creative expression together with functionality in a public square. The Panel felt that the winning submissions had a freshness that complemented the new Main Street, street furniture. The art work and furniture designs provided a unique compelling representation of the region, whilst being robust and functional.

    In addition to the commissioned works, shortlisted submissions were available for an on-line voting for People’s Choice Award with results seeing local artists Kashmir Rouw taking People’s Choice Award in the furniture category and Amy Wyld for the Art Panel Category for her ocean theme. Both winners receive a prize of $500.

    Trent Walker (CAST Designs) and Ewan Cameron (Timber Grooves)

    CAST Designs are experienced bespoke glass fibre reinforced concrete furniture and surfaces manufacturers based in the Cowaramup Industrial Area. Founded by Trent Walker in 2015, CAST specialise in furniture combining the use of concrete, steel and timber. Working in collaboration with emerging local timber and metal artist Ewan Cameron from Timber Grooves Design, they will produce unique, durable and functional public seating and planter boxes for the Main Street Redevelopment Project. Ewan specializes in wood engraving and produce timber creations with high quality finish, showcasing local hardwoods.

    Both live and work within the community and with this comes a passion for minimizing the impact their work has on the environment. They both endeavor to use recycled and upcycled materials and industrial by-products where possible. They are committed to supporting our local community and other local small businesses when sourcing supplies.

    Ben Crappsley

    Ben Crappsley is a Fremantle based artist who grew up in the Margaret River area. After completing his senior high schooling in Busselton he pursued studies in Graphic design at Perth Central TAFE.

    Ben returned to visual art studies in 2007 at Curtin University and completed a Masters degree in 2011. He has continued to develop his arts practice, contributing work to numerous group exhibitions and has held three solo exhibitions in the Fremantle area.

    Ben also teaches a painting class at DADAA Fremantle and has worked for Awesome Arts in their Creative Challenge program in 2018.

    Ben’s work has a strong graphic style using mixed media techniques including aerosol paints. The Margaret River public artwork commission has provided an opportunity for Ben to contribute works inspired by his frequent visits to the Margaret River region. He is currently developing new work for group exhibitions in Bunbury, early 2019.


    Jennifer Cochrane completed a Bachelor of Arts at Curtin University in 1988. Her practice is predominantly object based; she has exhibited throughout Australia and internationally, including large-scale permanent works and intimate site-specific installations. Jennifer envisages using bold colours to create an abstraced response to the site that considers changing perspectives.

    Work on the Main Street is expected to commence February 2019.


  • MAIN STREET REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT INFORMATION SHEET - CONSTRUCTION

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    The Augusta Margaret River Shire will shortly be delivering the long anticipated urban renewal to the Main Street (Bussell Hwy and Fearn Ave) in the Margaret River CBD.

    Commencing in February 2019, construction works will be implemented in two stages:

    Stage 1: February 2019 to May 2019 - Underground service upgrades (stormwater and electrical works)

    Stage 2: September 2019 to February 2020 – Road resurfacing, roundabout construction, footpath renewal, hard and soft landscaping, electrical works

    Construction will result in short-term altered traffic and pedestrian conditions, including temporary road closures; however, businesses will remain open on Bussell Highway and...

    The Augusta Margaret River Shire will shortly be delivering the long anticipated urban renewal to the Main Street (Bussell Hwy and Fearn Ave) in the Margaret River CBD.

    Commencing in February 2019, construction works will be implemented in two stages:

    Stage 1: February 2019 to May 2019 - Underground service upgrades (stormwater and electrical works)

    Stage 2: September 2019 to February 2020 – Road resurfacing, roundabout construction, footpath renewal, hard and soft landscaping, electrical works

    Construction will result in short-term altered traffic and pedestrian conditions, including temporary road closures; however, businesses will remain open on Bussell Highway and adjacent side streets, with alternative customer access arrangements in place when required.

    Summary of construction works

    Civil Works

    new stormwater drainage trunk line and associated pits, lids and chambers, installation of all interconnecting stormwater drainage pipes, pits, lids and chambers

    reconstruction of roads, footpaths, cycle lane and parking; drainage, kerbing and surfacing

    three new roundabouts

    Landscape Works

    new pedestrian crossings

    a new cycle lane and associated dual use path

    new paving, retaining walls

    new street trees

    new shelters, seating, planters, bike rails, bins, drinking fountains, timber bollards.

    Electrical Works

    Western Power forward works pole/streetlight relocation

    Western Power pole/street lighting upgrades

    Western Power pole/street lighting decommission and removal

    new electrical cables and associated pit lids

    new Lighting Control Board, Main Switchboard

    new street light poles and luminaires, including banner attachments, up-lighting

    new communication conduit

    Updates

    Please visit https://yoursay.amrshire.wa.gov.au/margaret-river-main-street-development for up-to-date information on the project timelines, and changed traffic conditions. This website will be updated regularly as more information becomes available.

    Should you require any additional information please contact Helen Whitbread, Main Street Project Manager by email; amrshire@amrshire.wa.gov.au subject line Main Street Construction


  • MARGARET RIVER MAIN STREET PUBLIC ART - Cast your vote now!

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    3 months ago
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    The Margaret River Main Street Redevelopment Project is set to commence in February 2019. As a part of this exciting upgrade Fearn Avenue will be transformed into a public space and festival precinct.

    To make this space vibrant, comfortable and welcoming for all users, the Shire is bringing together local artists to help create a suite of unique street furniture.

    You are invited to view the short listed submissions and pick your favorite to help decide on the final pieces.

    To have your say visit the Margaret River Main Street Public Art survey. Hurry !! ... voting closes at...

    The Margaret River Main Street Redevelopment Project is set to commence in February 2019. As a part of this exciting upgrade Fearn Avenue will be transformed into a public space and festival precinct.

    To make this space vibrant, comfortable and welcoming for all users, the Shire is bringing together local artists to help create a suite of unique street furniture.

    You are invited to view the short listed submissions and pick your favorite to help decide on the final pieces.

    To have your say visit the Margaret River Main Street Public Art survey. Hurry !! ... voting closes at 4.pm Friday 26 October.


  • Update: revised Main Street schematic design

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    3 months ago
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    The March 2018 Community Newsletter for the Main Street Redevelopment project is out now! This update includes an updated timeline, a summary of the changes to the schematic design resulting for the community and engagement and advice about the next steps for the project.

    Download the update here, or email yoursay@amrshire.wa.gov.au to receive a hard copy by post.


    The March 2018 Community Newsletter for the Main Street Redevelopment project is out now! This update includes an updated timeline, a summary of the changes to the schematic design resulting for the community and engagement and advice about the next steps for the project.

    Download the update here, or email yoursay@amrshire.wa.gov.au to receive a hard copy by post.


  • Utility Mapping of the Main Street

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    As part of preparing the design for the Main Street, utility mapping of underground services will commence in the Margaret River Main Street through March and April 2018

    Stage 1:

    Wednesday March 21-March 23- A Mobile Radar will be used to conduct a survey between the hours of 19:30 and 05:00 along the road and carparking

    Stage 2

    March 26- 29 April 4- April 30

    Utility Survey via GPR on the footpaths and off road areas

    While disruption will be kept to a minimum, please accept our apologies in advance, for any inconvenience experienced whilst these works are taking place.

    As part of preparing the design for the Main Street, utility mapping of underground services will commence in the Margaret River Main Street through March and April 2018

    Stage 1:

    Wednesday March 21-March 23- A Mobile Radar will be used to conduct a survey between the hours of 19:30 and 05:00 along the road and carparking

    Stage 2

    March 26- 29 April 4- April 30

    Utility Survey via GPR on the footpaths and off road areas

    While disruption will be kept to a minimum, please accept our apologies in advance, for any inconvenience experienced whilst these works are taking place.

    We are keen to see what this mapping will reveal - watch this space for any unusual finds.


  • Update: final design landscape scheme

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    about 2 years ago

    The detailed design for the Main Street Redevelopment Project is well advanced incorporating feedback from our extensive community consultation and strong community support.

    Following feedback from the community a few of the key changes are:

    • a dedicated cycle lane on the uphill ( eastern ) side of the street and shared lane for cyclists on the downhill (western) side of the street
    • an ACROD bay adjacent to Pharmacy 777 and an additional ACROD bay in the Festival precinct
    • two new pedestrian crossing points in the River Precinct
    • increased public open space in the new town square...

    The detailed design for the Main Street Redevelopment Project is well advanced incorporating feedback from our extensive community consultation and strong community support.

    Following feedback from the community a few of the key changes are:

    • a dedicated cycle lane on the uphill ( eastern ) side of the street and shared lane for cyclists on the downhill (western) side of the street
    • an ACROD bay adjacent to Pharmacy 777 and an additional ACROD bay in the Festival precinct
    • two new pedestrian crossing points in the River Precinct
    • increased public open space in the new town square including water and power outlets to support events
    • parklets for increased alfresco opportunities
    • opportunities for community input into street furniture including parklets , planter boxes and 'story telling' in the paving
    • retaining grassed areas in Reuther Park for informal recreation
    • addressing traffic issues and pedestrian access issues at the Tunbridge/Churchill Bussell Hwy intersection


    to view these changes follow the link to the latest designs

  • Submit a question for the Final Design Resolution meeting

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    The Shire invites you to attend, or submit your question, to a Council briefing on the final design resolution for Margaret River Main Street Redevelopment Stage 2. The design team will present final solutions for the Main Street: Streetscape, Public Space and Traffic, Parking and Cycling.

    Council Chambers, 41 Wallcliffe Road Margaret River

    6.00- 8.00 pm, Thursday 22 February 2018

    Have a question but can't attend? Submit your question by commenting on this post below!


    The Shire invites you to attend, or submit your question, to a Council briefing on the final design resolution for Margaret River Main Street Redevelopment Stage 2. The design team will present final solutions for the Main Street: Streetscape, Public Space and Traffic, Parking and Cycling.

    Council Chambers, 41 Wallcliffe Road Margaret River

    6.00- 8.00 pm, Thursday 22 February 2018

    Have a question but can't attend? Submit your question by commenting on this post below!


  • Update: Community engagement results and next steps

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    The November 2017 Community Newsletter for the Main Street Redevelopment project is out now! This update includes an updated timeline, summary of engagement results from 2017 and the proposed changes to the design based on the engagement.

    Download the update here, or email yoursay@amrshire.wa.gov.au to receive a hard copy by post.

    The November 2017 Community Newsletter for the Main Street Redevelopment project is out now! This update includes an updated timeline, summary of engagement results from 2017 and the proposed changes to the design based on the engagement.

    Download the update here, or email yoursay@amrshire.wa.gov.au to receive a hard copy by post.