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Works for the planned Bundeena town centre upgrade are scheduled to start in late June.
“This project is part of council’s rolling program to upgrade and rejuvenate local shopping centres across the Shire and has been designed to blend with the existing natural surrounds in Bundeena,” said A Ward Councillor Bob Spencer.
“In recent months we have been preparing the area by constructing new footpaths in surrounding streets which we hope will encourage residents to walk to their local centre,” he said.
“Council has also installed a stormwater treatment device in Brighton Street to capture gross pollutants from stormwater before it is discharged into Horderns Beach which will help improve the quality of water and the appearance of the beachside area,” Clr Spencer said.
The upgrade will involve changes to help reduce traffic speeds such as raised pedestrian crossings which will be constructed at the centre and each end of the shopping strip to provide safe crossing locations.
In response to residents concerns regarding the planned change in parking, Council has decided to maintain the existing parking orientation, including both parallel and 45 degree angle parking, in Brighton Street.
Council will also provide street tree planting and landscaping throughout the centre, which will benefit from stormwater harvesting where runoff is collected and diverted to the trees and landscaped areas.
Street furniture including seats, bins and bollards with natural finishes will also be installed.
New paved footpaths have been designed to link with work nearing completion in Roger Summers Reserve which itself is worth more than $320,000. This separate project to revitalise the reserve involves the installation of brand new playground facilities with a climbing net, swings, embankment slide and a supernova as well as BBQ facilities. New pathways and landscaping is also being completed.