South Terrace streetscape improvement

We're planning to upgrade five intersections on South Terrace over the coming years to slow traffic and help create a pedestrian friendly environment that supports street life.


Each location will include a reduced road width to make it safer for people to cross the street and removing and replacing temporary speed bumps with a raised platform, surfaced with red asphalt and stencil markings to delineate the section and encourage drivers to slow down. The footpath will also be widened to create a bigger pedestrian area and add new paving, street furniture and trees to create a better space for people.

A map of the proposed works between Douro Road and South Street and the order of completion can be downloaded here.



Location two (Jenkin Street / South Terrace)

Location one is now complete and location two will be completed in two phases:

Phase One - We’ll be starting in ground drainage works at the intersection of Jenkin Street and South Terrace 13 May 2019. Access will be maintained during this time; however, at times traffic may be reduced to one lane. Traffic management will be in place at all times to facilitate safe traffic movement.

The drainage works will include installation of new pipework, replacement of damaged soak wells and installation of new drains. The drainage upgrade is to prepare for the next section of the South Terrace streetscape improvement (phase two).


Phase Two - The streetscape component is subject to approval in the 2019/20 budget. The design inspiration for location two is the mosaic located outside the Meeting Place, part of a community-led bush tucker art project launched in 2008. An early artists impression is included below and you can see the mosaic on the footpath outside the Meeting Place.

Detailed streetscape design, incorporating this mosaic inspired artwork, will be shared in further updates. Implementation of the street scaping design is proposed to follow the completion of the drainage works. However this is subject to budget approval.


For more information about this project please read the FAQs.


We're planning to upgrade five intersections on South Terrace over the coming years to slow traffic and help create a pedestrian friendly environment that supports street life.


Each location will include a reduced road width to make it safer for people to cross the street and removing and replacing temporary speed bumps with a raised platform, surfaced with red asphalt and stencil markings to delineate the section and encourage drivers to slow down. The footpath will also be widened to create a bigger pedestrian area and add new paving, street furniture and trees to create a better space for people.

A map of the proposed works between Douro Road and South Street and the order of completion can be downloaded here.



Location two (Jenkin Street / South Terrace)

Location one is now complete and location two will be completed in two phases:

Phase One - We’ll be starting in ground drainage works at the intersection of Jenkin Street and South Terrace 13 May 2019. Access will be maintained during this time; however, at times traffic may be reduced to one lane. Traffic management will be in place at all times to facilitate safe traffic movement.

The drainage works will include installation of new pipework, replacement of damaged soak wells and installation of new drains. The drainage upgrade is to prepare for the next section of the South Terrace streetscape improvement (phase two).


Phase Two - The streetscape component is subject to approval in the 2019/20 budget. The design inspiration for location two is the mosaic located outside the Meeting Place, part of a community-led bush tucker art project launched in 2008. An early artists impression is included below and you can see the mosaic on the footpath outside the Meeting Place.

Detailed streetscape design, incorporating this mosaic inspired artwork, will be shared in further updates. Implementation of the street scaping design is proposed to follow the completion of the drainage works. However this is subject to budget approval.


For more information about this project please read the FAQs.


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.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded. Thank you for providing your feedback and ideas.

I think the improvements to the Lefrroy st intersection are visually pleasing and the pedestrian streetscape has become more amenable. But ... cars and buses don't appear to have slowed to 30kmh and there is no safe pedestrian crossing anywhere on this section of South terrace..a crossing would have the positives of slowing traffic and making a safe area for pedestrians to cross. The trees and seating are a vast improvement.

suemccracken 9 months ago

I commend the council for its efforts to improve this intersection and its safety issues. The new streetscape is welcome and has brightened the area considerably potentially making it a pleasant area to walk through and collect a coffee on the way to the beach. However there would seem to be unintended consequences and even an exacerbation of the problems it was meant to resolve?1) The removal of a raised kerb to separate traffic and pedestrians has resulted in ambiguity for pedestrians and cars with vehicles seemingly confused about their rights of way, particularly early in the morning, 6am to 8am. They now exercise what they seem to see as an entitlement to use the footpaths as vehicle access to and from The Roasting Warehouse particularly as well as Calogeros, or parking on the footpaths and obstructing pedestrians - at times parking right across and not just adjacent. The wider footpaths only resulting in more vehicles believing that can take up space on the footpaths. My understanding of vehicles using infrastructure designed for pedestrians will only result in expensive maintenance for the council and ratepayers.2) Little Lefroys cafe has resorted to an A frame advertising sign which I recall was one of the problems that brought on the changes since it partially obstructs drivers' views along South Terrace when emerging from Lefroy St?I reiterate I think the council should be commended for their efforts and it now requires education, possible regulation and/or physical restrictions to allow its intended use.

GAH 9 months ago

fantasic ... has brought town life in this old area

tony 9 months ago

1) What happened to the 'piano keys'? 2) Parking in Sydney St is the same issue it always was, too close to South Tce. Never patrolled. I've given up ringing to complain to the rangers.3) Trying to leave Sydney St into South Tce is worse as cars, specially 4 wheel drives and trucks park too close to the corner infront of Polimenos. 4) Haven't noticed any slowing of traffic.

L. Williams 9 months ago

The South Terrace streetscape improvement looks fantastic and works really well to make the corner safer and more appealing. That is until the bill board featuring "Clive Palmer" was mounted. I understand that we live in a free country but I'm very disappointed that this has happened as for me it changes the ambience completely.

Maus 9 months ago

Thank you for the opportunity to provide feedback. Context: I live in north Hammy Hill, and I love greater Freo (including South and East), in particular South Freo, which for 18 years I have called my community and where I financially choose to support small local business by doing 80% of all my food shopping (no South Freo Woolies for me). The other 20% of my food shopping is in greater Freo. I am a frequent user of South Terrace, primarily by car and on foot, and occasionally on bicycle. I have to say the speed bumps on South Terrace have annoyed me to no end because traffic has slowed to a crawl (ironically, much slower than school zones and greatly extending my travel time) and on several occasions I have come close to rear-ending vehicles who suddenly slam on the breaks (for speed bumps or at the new raised paved intersection at Little Lefroy). Regarding traffic calming measures, several times as a pedestrian I have had cars and motorcycles careening towards me at 50km as they swerve to avoid the obstacles. Parked I have felt equally threatened and have had several close calls with cars narrowly avoiding brushing against the side of my car. Why not just lower the speed limit to a consistent 30-40km? Why bother with the expense of speed bumps and new paving? I'm really confused by the South Terrace streetscape. What actually is the improvement and for whom?Although the City of Fremantle supports cycling I don't see this evident with the new South Terrace streetscape. The road is narrower, especially with larger vehicles approaching, and where the centre of the road actually is is now ambiguous as there is no centre lane. The offset painted diamond pattern doesn't help drivers make split second spatial decisions or help them to safely negotiate the space or the streetscape. I find it visually perplexing. There is also no warning that there is a difference in street level paving - entering or exiting the site and I think that is dangerous. Landscape design: I hugely dislike all the concrete and those poor trees stuck into little cut-out squares in the concrete - not at all imaginative or friendly. It's a hard space, not inviting (a little bench that maybe seats 3). It's so conservative. Australian native trees would be nice. Visual design: I find the colour scheme yucky and confusing - the paint colours are simply an extension of the surrounding stock standard architectural buildings materials. So, in summary, for the first time in 18 years I have been avoiding South Terrace and its shops - I am inconvenienced by crawling traffic and abrupt stopping (it's no longer a pleasure to drive), fewer parking spaces, traffic obstacles causing erratic (dangerous) driving to pedestrians and parked cars, and a boring streetscape which I feel does not at all reflect Freo's creative and green spirit.

Nien Schwarz 9 months ago

I like it. It stands out but I wonder if the impact to slow down will remain if 5 intersections on South Terrace are developed in the same way with the same design? Perhaps varying the designs on the road for each intersection would have greater impact.

roywat 9 months ago

I like the changes. I use this re-designed intersection almost everyday on foot and often by car. Personally I have found the changes make it easier to cross South Terrace on foot, and also easier to turn out of King William St, and out of Little Lefroy Lane by car. I like the low curbs (but worry a bit about visually impaired people), and also the street markings. I think the traffic in general has slowed, but many cars still go too fast through the intersection. I'm hoping that when there are multiple intersections of this nature it really will calm the street.

Sally M 9 months ago

The changes are great, however I am not sure about the cost and time taken to complete the works. This impacted on local businesses and those who use them. Perhaps a more modular approach could be taken with offsite works and less infrastructure changes. In regards to street markings, will Council keep these fresh as a similar approach in Mt Lawley has not been maintained and has lost its impact.

Duells 9 months ago

The upgrade is a vast improvement on the hideous speedhumps. Much better! The gradient approaches from either end however are uneven and don't match. It creates a jarring effect when you drive over it from the north, heading south. Can more care be taken please with the next project to ensure that approches from north and south have matching gradients. Have some pride in your work !!! Also, please don't remove any more parking though. Especially in fron t of The Copper Chimney. It just creates more parking pressure on the side streets where the residents are already competing for parking bays. Some of us dont have driveways and we only have street parking. Removing the parking from South Tce just moves the problem around the corner.

Gina 9 months ago

A zebra crossing somewhere would make it much safer for pedestrians. At the moment there is no where safe to cross after south StMost cars don't slow down in the upgraded area, it can be really hard to cross with kidsSome pedestrians seem to think they have priority, a couple have nearly walked in front of me, maybe it's because of the lines that go across both road and footpath?

elliec 9 months ago

we go thru here every day and it enlivens the experience on a busy intersection

jazmeck 9 months ago

It looks great but pedestrians don't seem to realise cars still have priority, Ive had a couple of people nearly walk straight out Infront of me and nearly did the same myself. I think maybe it's the lines that go across both road and footpath? Unless pedestrians have priority? In that case it's really not clear. A zebra crossing somewhere would be great. The biggest problem I have with south terrace is that there is nowhere safe to cross after south st

elliec 9 months ago

The improvements are certainly a step in the right direction.It is easier to negotiate the Sydney Street South Terrace intersection.White markers before and after the new bumps would be excellent As it would alert motorists that there is a change in the level of the street and then add to the root chances of them slowing down.Looking ahead it appears that there is not a provision for any traffic coming from Scott Street to Duro Road which is terrible. This has become a bit of a raceway once motorists and particularly motorcyclists realise there is no obstacle to speeding - For example there are no intersections or anything else to reduce the speed of traffic The area is becoming quite popular‘ and this will increase with new businesses starting along the terrace. I think the council needs to reconsider the plan and include some sort of traffic calming south of McLaren Street. To Drouro

bill Johnstone 9 months ago

The completed work is fine, but the speed of traffic on Lefroy road btween Hampton Rd and Sth Terrace needs to be addressed. It needs some type of traffic calming as may cars accelerated on this straight stretch of road.

lindacam 9 months ago

looking at the inspirational Woonerf website our rates went into something that misses the shared space message....the car still dominates

Rob Fittock 9 months ago

It looks great and is very pleasant not having curbs. But most people aren’t slowing down they don’t care about pedestrians once they are in their car. The nasty speed bumps do actually slow everyone down . Once all the intersections are completed some motorists will treat south tce as a race track again.

jeanettemh 9 months ago

Hi I would like to comment on the streetscape improvement to Sydney and little Lefroy lane. As a resident on Sydney street I was very pleased with the aesthetic improvements to the end of my road and think that it goes someway in improving the safety of this dangerous crossroads for pedestrians. I do however have some issues with the safety for motorists. Firstly I would like to suggest that each end of the red tarmac has white stripes so that in poor light drivers are more aware of the change to the road surface and slow down accordingly. Secondly in allowing parking bays up to the junction with Sydney street it is extremely dangerous to enter onto South Terrace as your view of traffic driving into Fremantle is completely obscured. May I request that you consider removing at least the nearest parking bay to this junction so that drivers do not have to edge out across South terrace before they can see whether it is safe to enter. Thank you for your ongoing work in improving our great city. Regards Brian Rogers

brian rogers 9 months ago

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 9 months 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 9 months ago