Oxford Street Upgrade

Published: Wednesday, 13 February 2019 at 2:13:22 PM

The northern end of Oxford Street in Mount Hawthorn is undergoing a revamp to create a shadier, pedestrian and bike-friendly town centre. Works will also beautify the strip and entice more visitors to this part of Mount Hawthorn.

A red asphalt shared space and central median strip have been installed to mark the town centre area and will help unify Oxford Street with its counterpart along Scarborough Beach Road.

“The original design for the Oxford Street North upgrade was developed by members of the Mount Hawthorn community on our local town team, Mount Hawthorn Hub. A concept plan was put to Council in 2016 but works were put on hold to whilst we awaited news on Water Corporation’s Pipes for Perth program,” said Mayor Emma Cole.

“So it is great to see this project now well underway. The revamp will bring much needed shade to the area, be more pedestrian and bike friendly, really enhance the alfresco experience and bring more visitors to this fantastic part of Mt Hawthorn.”

The upgrade includes:

  • 38 new street trees for enhanced shade and beautification;
  • a red asphalt shared space to denote the town centre area;
  • a central median for better pedestrian crossing and improved walkability;
  • 5 or less car bays to go as part of works, with 4 new motorcycle bays and potential to acquire 2 current no-stopping bays for parking;
  • 12 new bike racks with locations to be determined in consultation with businesses; and
  • low profile speed humps to accommodate a potential slower speed zone which will improve safety and town centre amenity.

The Mount Hawthorn Hub and nearby businesses have welcomed the upgrade.

"The initial design was created by the Hub’s Nic Monisse and Munira MacKay - the goal was to create a more pedestrian friendly environment while at the same time better integrating Oxford Street North with the with the rest of Oxford Street,” said Lloyd Blake, Vice-Chair of the Mount Hawthorn Hub.

“The design emphasised the introduction of street trees to reinforce the local identity and character and to improve the visual quality of the street. It is extremely rewarding as a local volunteer organisation to see our ideas embraced by Council and made into reality!"

“The new upgrade will encourage travellers to slow down while driving, and encourage the local community to walk or cycle on our side of Oxford Street. This will open up opportunities for pedestrians and drivers to stop and explore neighbouring cafes and stores that are on offer in Mount Hawthorn,” said Kate Wilks from Ilka.

“It will create a more lush environment and connect our section of Mount Hawthorn to Scarborough Beach Road as well as the Leederville end of Oxford Street.”

The final aspect of the upgrade will take place in April when the 38 new street trees will be added to the streetscape, when conditions are ideal for planting.

“Trees add so much value to our inner city community and town centres. They add beauty and shade, help reduce urban temperatures and also combat noise pollution. This is so important in our town centres, were we want to encourage more alfresco areas and more locals walking and riding to their favourite shop, café or business,” Mayor Emma Cole said.

“This upgrade is a terrific example of a community led project. If you have a great idea, I’d encourage you to visit our community budget submissions and submit your idea online before 1 March.”

More Information

Oxford Street North - Imagine Vincent

Community Budget Submissions

Mount Hawthorn Hub

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