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Final stage of Smart Street Mall upgrade begins

Smart Street artist impression. Supplied.

The final stage of the $2.5m Smart Street Mall upgrade will re-commence this week, with the City of Mandurah pushing forward with works to deliver a pedestrian-focused street by the end of the year.

Preparation work for the construction process started in June last year with some business owners quickly becoming fed up with it.

In November, Wow Kebabs owner Khan Khakasar told Skeer News he was struggling with night violence and on top of that had to put up with the construction too.

“It’s affect our business,” Mr Khakasar said.

“It’s taken too long. They need to finish it as soon as they can.”

Mayor Rhys Williams said the City was working on more than just an infrastructure upgrade with hopes the Smart Street Mall will help reactive the City centre.

“The Smart Street Mall upgrade is much more than a simple lick of paint,” he said.

“With increased opportunities for alfresco dining, parades and other activation programs, Smart Street will once again be an iconic Mandurah meeting place.

“In addition, we are working on a range of initiatives in conjunction with property owners and businesses to re-energise the economy, now and into the future.

“These include security patrols, alfresco dining initiatives and activation programs including a street performer program, markets and events.”

Smart Street preparation works June 2020. Photo: Tex Reeks

The City said paving works commenced on April 16, and in the coming weeks the main central construction site, with fencing and signage, will be established followed by demolition in the area.

After the demolition stage, preparation for a new road base, pre-cast concrete planter installation and paving will take place.

“Although there will be disruption during construction, Smart Street remains open for business,” the City of Mandurah said

“Access will be maintained at all times and we encourage people to support Smart Street businesses by shopping locally.”

The upgrade is part of the City’s broader Mandurah $22 million Waterfront Project, which is being delivered as a joint initiative between City of Mandurah, State and Federal Government. 

The State Government committed $10 million, as the Federal Government contributed $7 million and the City of Mandurah designated $5 million.

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