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.


  • 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

  • 👷Main Street 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.
  • 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!