What are the key elements of the design?

The design's aim is to improve pedestrian access to the shopping strip and village while, at the same time, slowing vehicle speeds to improve pedestrian safety.

The following is proposed for stage one of the project:

  • A new wider pedestrian footpath, suitable for cafe alfresco areas
  • Narrowing the road to 6m wide (each lane being 3m wide)
  • A raised plateau with integrated paved pedestrian crossing and bollards 
  • Paved parallel and 45 degree angled parking bays along the street with flush kerbing
  • Driveways to be defined in alternative paving
  • Proposed street trees, planter boxes and bollards
  • New concrete driveway at Genesta Crescent cul-de-sac
  • Crossover aprons for southern residential properties with standard kerbing
  • Retaining the existing bus shelter and bus zone
  • Modifying traffic island at Adelma Road and reconstruct the children's crossing
  • Relocation of existing street lights
The following is proposed for stage two of the project:

  • Genesta Park Enviro-scape Master Plan
  • Roundabout at intersection of Waratah Avenue and Alexander Road
  • Review of parking requirements

What happens if the community does not support the project?

The City has Metrolpolitan Regional Road Group (MRRG) funding to resurface the road. The City will resurface the road this financial year (2018-19) with no change to footpaths and other infrastructure.

What is the impact on the green spaces and are the hard surfaces being softened?

It is proposed the footpaths be widened.  Landscaping will be undertaken by the City's Parks Services Team, working alongside the Civil Construction Team. 

Tree species with a low risk of root damage have been selected.

There are currently ornamental pear street trees along Waratah Avenue. The trees will be retained on the southern side and the trees on the northern side will be relocated. These will be augmented with Chinese Pistachios which will provide an increase of approximately 22 trees for the street.

What are the design impacts on parking?

There are currently 29 street parking bays in this area of Waratah Avenue. The design requirements will result will result in a decrease of approximately 10 bays, mainly due to the pedestrian crossing (5 bays) and the installation of the roundabout at the intersection with Alexander Street (4 bays) along with line of sight concerns. There are 294 parking bays remaining within the precinct. Please refer to sketch below detailing the loss of parking bays:

Will additional drainage be installed as part of the proposal?

Yes, new drainage will be required due to the kerb alignment being shifted and changing from two-way to one-way cross-fall.

How will my business be affected once the works commence?

Road closures will be required during the works. The actual staging of the works will be communicated to the community and businesses once the construction schedule is completed.

During this time, Council's staff and contractors will be in regular contact to ensure any impacts are minimised and to keep businesses are informed of key dates and the activities being undertaken. Notifications could include visits to the businesses, mail-outs, flyers, local newspaper advertisements and newsfeeds on Your Voice Nedlands.

Road closures will allow a shorter construction timeframe.

How will the City keep everyone informed?

This engagement page will provide all the project information including the feedback from the community engagement activities. The final proposed concept being provided to Council will also be provided along with the report and recommendations. 

The engagement will also provide the final detailed designs and all communications and activities through the construction phase.

Council officers will be in regular contact with the businesses and residents on the street, either in person or by distributing regular project updates. 

How will traffic be managed once the works begin?

Once the design is finalised and approved, the City's officers will work with the project contractors to develop a traffic management plan. This will be communicated to the businesses, residents and users of the area.

Why does the street need resurfacing?

The street assets have reached the end of their useful life and the City has a responsibility to rebuild these to ensure the infrastructure is maintained to a safe standard. The project will incorporate the resurfacing of the street, whether the concept design initiatives are supported, or not supported.

What will happen with my crossover?

The City will reconstruct all crossovers as part of the project.

I am a business and would like to discuss the proposal further, what should I do?

If you are a business and would like to discuss the project further, please contact a member of the Project Team. The City acknowledges the importance of engaging with the business community and welcomes any opportunity to do so.

Having conversations with you on the proposed concept design from this engagement phase to construction is important to the City.  It enables us to collaborate with you, gather and understand all your views. This project and the following projects provides an avenue for everyone to work together. 

Don't forget you can also attend one of the Community Information Sessions, where Council Officers will be providing an overview of the project and presenting the concept designs to discuss your concerns and suggestions. These sessions are open to everyone.

How long will any works take?

It is expected that the works will take 6-8 weeks. However, this project is complex and requires work from third party providers (e.g. Western Power, Telstra), as such timelines can vary. Timelines are developed for each project task as orders are finalised with weather conditions taken into account.

The hours of work are currently planned to be undertaken between Monday and Friday. 

The Environmental Noise Regulations WA 1997 sets out the requirements for noise and construction work which the City must work within.  These work hours are Monday to Saturday from 7am to 7pm and Sunday from 9am to 7pm.

Prior notification of any work undertaken outside of the hours specified for any week day will be communicated to everyone.

How do I know the work area is safe?

The City has an obligation to ensure we provide a safe workplace for staff and safe access for residents and pedestrians around the work site. During the planning phase safety issues are taken into account and actions agreed, for example placing traffic controllers to assist motorists to move around the site. 

Other safety measures like signage, fencing and barriers are also placed around the site to provide safety measures for residents and pedestrians.

How is the project being funded?

Stage one is funded prodominately by municipal funding which has been allocated in the 2018-19 budget. The cost for stage one is estimated at $1.2M. The road resurfacing component of the project is estimated at $205K and will be funded by MRRG state funds (two-thirds) and municipal funds (one-third).

Stage two is not yet funded. A Blackspot funding application has been submitted for the proposed roundabout at Alexander Road and Waratah Avenue.

Where will people find parking during the construction phase?

Once the final design has been agreed, temporary parking requirements will be assessed by the City. At this point, the current thought is that parking will be maintained at Genesta Park and there is potential to provide pedestrian access through the park to the business. Parking will also be available behind the shopping centre and Dalkeith Hall area.

During this time detours will be detours in place and traffic controllers to assist people.

How can people move around the site?

Once the final design has been completed, Council Officers will review the temporary paths required to enable people to move safely around the site to continue to access the businesses.

When the footpath is removed, a temporary path will be provided for residents and people visiting the area.

What are the expected timeframes for construction if supported by the Community?

If this project is supported by the community, construction can commence in this financial year.  A report on the outcomes of the community engagement will be prepared for a briefing of the Council in October. Council will formally consider the final report at its 13 November Committee meeting and all going well, will make a final decision at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 27 November.

The report will include a recommended design which would have considered the community feedback.

Following approval from Council, the City's design team will need to take four to five months to prepare and finalise the detailed design, tendering process and start scheduling surveys and other preparatory work. They will also need to work with Western Power for the street lighting component and Telstra in regard to the technology cables.

As a result, work is expected to commence by the end of April 2019.

What is the City doing about Genesta Park?

Genesta Park is included in the second stage of the project which also includes the construction of the roundabout at Alexander and Waratah intersection.

An Enviro-scape Master Plan will be prepared for the park during 2019-20 which will prioritise the development and maintenance of the park for the future.  More details will be provided following the completion of Stage 1 - this project.

How does WA Main Roads allocate the Program funds?

Funds are allocated to the areas of greatest need to provide maximum benefit to all road users and the community.

On an annual basis, the share of State Road Funds to be allocated on Local Government roads will generally be 27 per cent of estimated vehicle licence fees for that year.

What is the Blackspot Program?

The Black Spot Program is part of the commitment by the Australian and Western Australian Government's to reduce crashes on Australian roads.

Road crashes are a major cost to Australians every year. Black Spot projects target those road locations where crashes are occurring. By funding measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at dangerous locations, the program reduces the risk of crashes. Programs of this sort are very effective, saving the community many times the cost of the relatively minor road improvements that are implemented.

The Black Spot Program makes an important contribution in reducing the national road toll under the National Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan.

The Australian Government has committed $500 million to the Black Spot Program from 2014-15 to 2018-19, which includes an additional $200 million over two years from 2015-16 to improve road safety across the nation.

What is the Metropolitan Regional Road Group (MRRG) Program and Agreement?

It is the State Government's road funds program to local government agreement which provides funding contributions generally two-third/one-third for local roads that qualify.

The State Government recognises the need for co-operation and coordination between the State Government agencies who have an interest in roads and local government. This program aims to ensure that the most efficient and effective use can be made of the funds available for roads to achieve the best possible outcomes.

A criterion within the program must be met to receive funding for road improvement projects which must have a strategic alignment with state, regional or local planning or transport strategies such as the Perth Metropolitan Transport Strategy and the Public Transport Plan for Perth.

How can I find out more?

There is a lot of information on this engagement page for your viewing.  The City is also holding Community Information Sessions on Wednesday, 12 September 2018 at the Nedlands Community Centre (part of Dalkeith Hall).  Come and visit the Project Team, discuss your concerns and thoughts.  You will also have an opportunity to see a presentation on the project and how the City has arrived at the proposed concept design.

There are two sessions:  4-5 pm and 5.30-6.30 pm.