Strip works delay amid concerns

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
Margaret River’s main street.
Camera IconMargaret River’s main street.

The redevelopment of Margaret River’s main strip has hit the skids for a second time, with moves afoot to delay the major project until February.

Shire of Augusta-Margaret River chief executive Stephanie Addison-Brown confirmed the possibility this week, citing traders’ worries about losing business during the region’s top tourism season.

“Strong feedback from main street traders during the August public forum was around concern for works impacting trade over the peak summer tourism period,” she said.

“The Shire has been looking at different staging options to minimise disruption to traders over the these busy months.

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“One of the options may be to commence works after the Australia Day long weekend,” Ms Addison-Brown said.

“Further discussions are under way with traders to gauge their support.

“We are weighing up op-tions with the aim to make a decision in the next couple of weeks.”

Last week, the Times reported concerns among some business owners about the 12-month redevelopment kicking off in a month despite a lack of firm details, marketing plans, and final designs in place.

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