Pedestrianisation set to bring Wise Terrace to life

Published on Friday, 1 July 2022 at 1:19:15 PM

Wise Terrace will soon become pedestrianised between Throssell Road, Leake Street and McLarty Boulevard, alongside the Council decision for the Town to seek further community feedback ahead of making the closure to vehicles permanent.

It follows the Council’s adoption of the South Hedland Place Plan in February, which includes Priority Project 2: Bringing Wise Terrace to Life. Community response overwhelmingly called for the Wise Terrace vehicle closure, to support pedestrian safety and improve access to South Hedland Skate Park and South Hedland Square Shopping Centre.

Mayor Peter Carter acknowledged the opportunity to transform the Wise Terrace space into a natural, cultural and activated town centre.

“Placemaking focuses on collaboration, communication and connections. Ensuring great places are created for strong community connection starts with a people-first approach.

“We’ve heard that people want South Hedland to be a great place to spend time. The community has said that closing a small section of streets to traffic will go a long way to achieving the vision they have.”

Town Team Movement and PLACE Laboratory have been working with the Town and play a pivotal role in ensuring the vision for South Hedland and the Wise Terrace project are community led.

A traffic study of the area has identified that surrounding streets have the capacity for redistributed vehicle movement and off-street parking in the area is not impacted.

Wise Terrace will be closed to vehicles from 11 July 2022 to envisage how the community use the pedestrianised space and to help inform future plans. During this time, the Town will consult with the community to determine if the road closure to vehicles should become permanent.

In August, Wise Terrace will come to life with activations, events, activities and stalls for the community to enjoy. The community will start to see changes in the area from mid to late July, with installation of additional grassed areas, mature trees and street furniture, in the lead-up to the '7 day makeover' commencing on 8 August.

Mayor Peter Carter said the plans for Wise Terrace are fundamental to creating engaging spaces that the community loves.

“I look forward to seeing more locals and visitors attracted to the space, spending more time in the town centre, and connecting with and supporting our local businesses.

“To further encourage involvement, the Town is waiving hiring and booking fees in August for South Hedland Town Square, so that community groups and businesses can help us bring Wise Terrace to life.”

For more information about the South Hedland Place Plan, and to provide feedback, please visit: www.porthedland.wa.gov.au/planning-building-and-environment/planning/placeplan.aspx

For media information:
Shanna Crispin - Manager, Public Relations and Communications
0482 999 056 | scrispin@porthedland.wa.gov.au

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