South Terrace streetscape improvement

To create a pedestrian-friendly environment that supports street life, we're proposing some changes to slow traffic and improve the South Terrace streetscape.


The City of Fremantle plans to upgrade five intersections between Douro Road and South Street over the coming years. A map of the proposed works can be downloaded here. Location one, between Sydney Street and Little Lefroy Lane, is now complete.



Location two will be the intersection of South Terrace and Jenkin Street.

The proposal will feature:

  • Reduced road width to make it safer for people to cross the street and encourage drivers to slow down in this section.
  • Replace the temporary speed bumps with a raised platform to slow drivers down.
  • Surface the road with red asphalt and stencil markings to delineate the section and encourage drivers to slow down.
  • Widen the footpath to create a bigger pedestrian area and add new paving, street furniture and trees to create a better space for people.


It will be planned in two phases, with phase one an in-ground drainage upgrade and connections in anticipation of the streetscape works (expected to be carried out in March/April 2019). The phase two streetscape improvement is subject to funding approval in the 2019/20 budget and is provisionally scheduled to take place in Spring 2019.


Further updates will be provided and you can register to stay up to date. For more information about this project and how location two was chosen please read the FAQs. You can also leave your feedback below by 4 February 2019.


To create a pedestrian-friendly environment that supports street life, we're proposing some changes to slow traffic and improve the South Terrace streetscape.


The City of Fremantle plans to upgrade five intersections between Douro Road and South Street over the coming years. A map of the proposed works can be downloaded here. Location one, between Sydney Street and Little Lefroy Lane, is now complete.



Location two will be the intersection of South Terrace and Jenkin Street.

The proposal will feature:

  • Reduced road width to make it safer for people to cross the street and encourage drivers to slow down in this section.
  • Replace the temporary speed bumps with a raised platform to slow drivers down.
  • Surface the road with red asphalt and stencil markings to delineate the section and encourage drivers to slow down.
  • Widen the footpath to create a bigger pedestrian area and add new paving, street furniture and trees to create a better space for people.


It will be planned in two phases, with phase one an in-ground drainage upgrade and connections in anticipation of the streetscape works (expected to be carried out in March/April 2019). The phase two streetscape improvement is subject to funding approval in the 2019/20 budget and is provisionally scheduled to take place in Spring 2019.


Further updates will be provided and you can register to stay up to date. For more information about this project and how location two was chosen please read the FAQs. You can also leave your feedback below by 4 February 2019.


The South Terrace streetscape improvement between Sydney Street and Little Lefroy Lane is now complete, what do you think of the changes?

We're now preparing for the second location at the intersection of Jenkin Street and South Terrace, do you have any ideas to share?

Please leave your feedback or comments below by 4 February 2019.

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The upgrade was an incredible waste of money - the only people who benefit are the shops directly adjacent. The City of Fremantle should fix other items that need more attention in the city, like the state of the footpaths, roads needing repair etc. I am not happy that my rates are being used on this type of project. It hasn't made it easier to park or to access through that area (both on bike and in car). A better use of the money would be fixing the parking problem at South Beach or fixing the terrible state of the local footpaths. There are lots more important projects you could be spending our rates on.

JulianC 5 days ago

By far not going far enough, the old speed bumps reduced traffic speed more then the new raised platform.It really only work s because street users are confused about the design - coming from Germany I know this can be done much better and more efficiently.

Thorsten71 7 days ago

It’s a great improvement, brings a good vibe to the area. More of the same, or similar, even better!

Brenda Kemp 7 days ago

An absolute waste of time & money.
You need to totally rethink this.

8 days ago

Total waste of imagination and money. It looks like a kinder garden playground . Of no safety value and I still can’t inch safely out onto South Tce from Lefroy. Not impressed at all. A lazy effort.

SarahC 8 days ago

I think it looks embarrassingly like a kindergarten playground. Was that the intention? I don’t understand how it will make already friendly South Freo more friendly - or safe! I still feel great nervousness inching out onto South Tce from Lefroy. It needs lights (I know -, RoadsDept) not coloured lines. It certainly doesn’t improve MY suburb of South Freo. Please stop trying to leave your mark if the mark does nothing but spend my rates.

SarahC 8 days ago

Couple of ideas for cnr Jenkin and South:
1. A small roundabout with a tree would manage the traffic better and slow it down.
2. A plane tree on the NE corner with street seating would be good
3. A road divider on the east side (Jenkin St) would help (both dividers could have trees)

The works at Little Lefroy and South are excellent - so the next cnr could emulate this.

Gordon Payne 9 days ago

Great improvement . Great steet scape , traffic flow and visibilty. Well done . Fully support .

Stuart 12 days ago

Extremely disappointed. I don't see how painting the road and marking some of the pavement alongside plus the odd bench or planter box will make any difference to traffic calming or making the area a community hub. There are enough cafes, restaurants along South Terrace to give a vibe to the area - all that is needed are lots of trees from South St to Douro Rd to soften the streetscape and provide shade thus encouraging people to walk.

briboquinn 20 days ago

Love the changes in South Tce - and love them in Siuth St Hilton too. I think they are tastefully fun and should age well. Thank you- ‘the old girl’ (Frem) is lookin’ good

Ros de souza 22 days ago

This is a very good first effort for a shared surface environment and creates an identifiable place rather than just a road junction.

My observation and experience is that the traffic has appeared to slow down entering this area - at worst no one is driving faster than before. Pulling out in a car onto South Terrace from Little Lefroy has been noticeably easier than before. Crossing south terrace as a pedestrian feels more easily accomplished.

Some observations:

1. There is no obvious surface texture change between road zone and pedestrian zone which are useful for people who are blind or have guide dogs. Not tactiles just a cobble or something similar. This is typical of shared streets in Copenhagen for example
2. Reduce parking so close to these junction improvements and free up limited parking and no stopping areas along south terrace instead
3. A minor point - finish the pattern as per the intent it seems like lines are missing


There will always be resistance to change and people thinking that this will solve a problem overnight would be foolish, similarly thinking it has created a more dangerous junction is equally unfounded.

Freo please invest in monitoring this space round the clock and get a really good understanding of how it is used, the movement of people, cars and cyclists. This will be the best way to inform future stages.

WSchofield 23 days ago

It’s great, a lovely gentle intervention

Gemma Hohnen 28 days ago

I think the street looks good, new & fresh. That odd large pot with a grass tree or other easy care native would look pretty special. Those native hibiscus seem hardy and look good.

Cocoloco 30 days ago

I do like what you have done. I’m not sure why the rise onto the coloured section is more pronounced coming from one direction and smoother coming from the other. But my main concern is turning right, from Little Lefroy into Sth Terrace. It is a very tight turn, made even tighter by the placement of a parking spot directly opposite Little Lefroy’s tapas bar. I also agree with DMC about cars edging forward at the stop sign - paint in the white line. Hope you keep up the improvements and are prepared to modify things that don’t work. Looking forward to a colourful and safe Sth Tce.

Will R about 1 month ago

Have you considered how any of the emergency services head south out of Fremantle? Particularly fire trucks. Due to the speed humps and alterations which have taken place on South Terrace, more traffic is taking Marine Terrace, which blocks up at the bend into Douro Road preventing Fire Trucks from getting out of Fremantle under fire call conditions...

Ryan about 1 month ago

Love the new look

Kathrin about 1 month ago

Congratulations to elected members and City officers for an outstanding result. The streetscape looks terrific and in the main has addressed major traffic and pedestrian issues at this busy cafe hub. However, many cars and motor bikes are still exceeding the 30kph limit, so perhaps the signs advising of the reduced speed limit could be located further in advance of the streetscape (perhaps with flashing electronic signs?)

Lawrence Apps about 1 month ago

It’s ironic that the headline above reads ‘to create a pedestrian friendly environment... and changes to slow traffic’. As a local resident I am extremely unhappy with the recent changes between Sydney and Lefroy, it is a nightmare now for pedestrians in the area and is not safe at all. It’s amost impossible to cross South Terrace there now as cars do NOT slow down at all now the speed bumps have been removed.
It’s also very dangerous driving out of Sydney Street due to the car parking space just to the right on South Terrace. You cannot see traffic coming along the Terrace at all. Please remove this car parking bay!
I really hope that the Council thinks again and does not make the same mistake at other interesections along South terrace. The whole street will just become a rat race if that happens, there will be nothing to slow cars at all and nowhere for pedestrians to cross!
A very worried resident.

Kate Jane about 1 month ago

I didn't realise this was proposed for 5 intersections - basically the whole of South Terrace! It's OTT. Even the amount of traffic humps were reduced in the previous attempt to calm traffic. I am sure traffic has been decreased in this road to more manageable levels due to the humps and Fremantle council should have these figures. Is it really necessary to go to such lengths as this?
Having driven a few times through the upgraded Little Lefroy intersection I found the lines a distraction from the surroundings. There were no white lines guiding cars where to stop at the stop signs and no lines to guide pedestrians to where it is safest to cross. Those arty lines do not belong on a road, they guide a drivers eye away from what is happening on the sidewalk and on the road. In winter with dark and wet weather, I cannot see how this idea makes it safer for all road users. The fact that it has got so far without common sense and opposition from precincts makes me wonder if it has been even worth my while commenting here?

Michelle Cunningham about 1 month ago

Parking is very random. How was it envisioned to be?
The lack of any formal xing points leads to some very casual crossing modes which is potentially dangerous.

Bikerbob about 1 month ago