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Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson welcomes news that unsightly old overhead power lines will be moved underground in a major upgrade of the eastern end of Coogee Bay Road maximising the view down to the sea.
East Ward Greens Councillor Murray Matson states that his role will be to work with the Coogee community to achieve minimum disruption to either residents or the small businesses along the eastern end of of Coogee Bay Road.
“It will be great to see the old network of overhead power lines replaced with an underground system. But the needs of residents and businesses should always come first. I am glad to see that the construction work will be suspended from December to March to allow our local cafes and shops to operate unimpeded during the peak summer visitor season.”
DISCLAIMER: The document below is a Randwick City Council media release
A major upgrade of the Coogee Bay Road town centre will commence in September 2018, Randwick Mayor Lindsay Shurey announced today.
The $5M project will rejuvenate the Coogee town centre supporting local businesses by making the area more attractive and inviting as well as making Coogee Bay Road a place for people with more space to gather and socialise.
As part of the upgrade, overhead powerlines and poles will be removed and put underground. Key features of the upgrade include:
- Wider footpaths
- Supporting local businesses
- More space for people
- New street trees and paving
- Underground power
- More outdoor dining
- Better public safety
Randwick Mayor Lindsay Shurey said the works will make the Coogee Town Centre more vibrant and a pleasant place for people.
“A lot of work has gone into getting this design right,” Mayor Shurey said.
“We consulted with residents in 2014 and found strong support for upgrading Coogee Bay Road. Most importantly people wanted to feel safer, they wanted better management of commercial waste bins, more outdoor dining and attractive shopfronts.
“This upgrade will increase the amount of space available for pedestrians with footpaths widened on Coogee Bay Road and Arden St without losing parking or travel lanes.
“Coogee is a nationally renowned tourist destination as well as a local village with its own character. This upgrade will enhance Coogee’s reputation make it even more vibrant and attractive,” Mayor Shurey said. The streetscape upgrade will be conducted in two stages with no work happening over the busy summer period.
- Stage 1: Sep to Dec 2018
- Stage 2: Mar to late 2019
There will be disruption to local businesses, shoppers and visitors, however Council and its contractor CA&I (Community Asset and Infrastructure) will work hard to minimise inconvenience.
Access to businesses will be maintained at all times and a dedicated community consultation project officer will be available to work directly with businesses to minimise disruption.
Coogee Bay Road will remain a two-way street with free on-street parking available on both sides of the street. Footpaths will be widened on the northern side of Coogee Bay Road from Arden St to Vicar St from 3.6m to 4.8m and widened on the southern side of Coogee Bay Road from Vicar St to Brook St from 3.6m to 4.8m. The Arden St western footpath between Coogee Bay Rd and Alfreda St will also be widened. Twelve new Callery pear trees will be planted as part of the streetscape improvements.
The upgrade also includes additional safety measures as part of Council’s anti-terrorism obligations including impact-rated bollards and located concrete seats.
Construction to commence on Coogee Bay Road streetscape upgrade