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Augusta’s beloved Ellis Street jetty precinct to receive makeover

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River has released plans for the Ellis Street jetty precinct.
Camera IconThe Shire of Augusta-Margaret River has released plans for the Ellis Street jetty precinct. Credit: Warren Hately/Augusta-Margaret River Times/Augusta-Margaret River Times

The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River has unveiled long-awaited plans for Augusta’s Ellis Street jetty precinct and is seeking public feedback.

People with an interest in the plan, which involves a major rejuvenation of the riverside site, have until April 25 to respond.

A shire spokesperson said the precinct plan aimed to guide infrastructure renewal, environmental restoration and landscaping for the next four to six years.

The plan includes reconstruction of the separate commercial pier and space for private enterprise next to the community precinct, with extended parking and connection to the town centre flagged.

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Grassed terracing, the reconstruction of retaining walls and more planting were also within the scope of the project.

Augusta residents have long called for an overhaul of the jetty area, which is seen as a potential key attraction because of its connection to the Blackwood River.

The report, which includes a background review of a 2015 concept plan, said efforts had been made to address past critical feedback of the shire’s plans.

“The majority of stakeholder comments focused on the necessity of preserving Ellis Street Jetty’s ‘low key’ vibe while letting the surroundings and vista take centre stage,” the report said.

Sustainable development and planning director Nick Logan said it was a good chance for Augusta residents to guide the future of the precinct.

“We appreciate those in the community who continue to advocate for Augusta and hope they’ll use this opportunity to review and give feedback on the draft concept plan,” he said.

The precinct plan was already informed by consultation with commercial operators and licence holders, as well as the East Augusta community and the Augusta Community Development Association.

Visit the shire’s YourSay page to get involved.

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