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Merewether local centre’s $3 million overhaul

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A $3 million overhaul of Merewether’s Llewellyn Street will provide new furniture, shade trees and infrastructure improvements to make the local centre a more attractive and accessible shopping destination.

The upgrade borrows design elements from the nearby Bathers Way – especially concrete and timber installations – and includes footpath and drainage replacements to make the shopping, dining and health care hub safer and more user-friendly.

It promises comfortable, fixed street furniture, new shade trees and low-level gardens to take the edge off summer heat, while a platform with fixed seating at the corner of Dent Street will allow alfresco dining.

Bench seating and bar tables with stools along Llewellyn Street are also set to create a more functional streetscape, along with bike racks and a bubbler.

City of Newcastle Ward 2 Councillor Carol Duncan said Llewellyn Street’s physical and functional overhaul would address existing issues of accessibility, stormwater management, and visitor comfort.

“Due to an increase in development and associated road safety issues, flooding and infrastructure needs, Llewellyn Street was identified as a priority project within the city’s local centre renewal program, which has already seen the multi-million-dollar upgrades of the Beresfield and Carrington town centres,” she said.

“Like those projects, new road surfaces, kerb and gutter replacements and reconfigured parking spaces will improve access and, together with pedestrian lighting upgrades that includes a smart pole for free Wi-Fi, make the area safer at night.”

Pedestrians and cyclists will enjoy improved amenity courtesy of raised zebra crossings, new cycle lanes, traffic-calming treatments and a new 40km/hr speed limit.

Speed humps and gardens at the intersections of Morgan, Winsor and Merewether streets will also help slow passing traffic.

Work on the project is expected to start in July and will take about 12 months to complete.

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