Curlewis St Streetscape Upgrade

Render of streetscape upgrade

Curlewis Street is an important community hub which marks the entrance to Bondi Beach and the Waverley area. We're proposing to upgrade 850m of Curlewis Street from Campbell Parade to Old South Head Road, including 700m of separated two-way bike path.

As part of this project we're proposing to:

  • Establish a new separated two-way bike path from Campbell Pde to Wellington St
  • Create shared paths for pedestrians and bike riders at the western end of Curlewis St (from Old South Head Rd to Wellington St). These shared paths have been proposed based on the constraints and uses of the road environment.
  • Convert existing pedestrian crossings at Gould St and Wellington St into raised pedestrian crossings with a designated lane for bikes to cross
  • Create an improved outdoor dining environment
  • Establish new plantings and increase tree canopy by planting an additional 25 new trees
  • Install new paving and signage
  • Replace existing light poles with multifunction poles
  • Improve drainage, stormwater quality and flood mitigation
  • Install six new EV charging stations

Update - June 2023

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback during the REF exhibition. The submissions demonstrated overall support for the Curlewis St Streetscape Upgrade. Following review of all feedback, the REF has been finalised and Council's General Manager has approved moving forward with the Project.

We are currently in the process of procuring a contractor to undertake the construction works. Pending the outcome, we anticipate construction to commence in late August 2023.

Have your say on the Review of Environmental Factors (REF)

We're seeking feedback on the REF for this project, which is an assessment used to determine whether an activity should be approved by taking into account all matters that affect or may affect the environment.  View the REF documents and provide your feedback by Tuesday 2 May 2023.  More information is available on our Have Your Say website.

Community consultation round two

The design at the western end of Curlewis Street was updated to address feedback received during the initial consultation. From 21 November - 16 December 2022 we asked for feedback on the updated design.

Feedback received supported the updated design, which includes the removal of the left hand turn from Curlewis Street into Simpson Street. Read the full consultation report.

Community consultation round one

From 18 May – 15 June 2022 we asked for feedback on a proposed concept design for the upgrade of Curlewis Street, Bondi Beach. Thank you to everyone who reviewed the draft designs and shared their ideas about the proposed streetscape upgrade.

Feedback was collected a number of different ways including an online survey, face-to-face across three Have Your Say days, two online information sessions, and via email. We received a total of 283 submissions from the community, of which 69% were supportive of the overall proposal.

A summary of consultation findings was taken to Council’s Strategic Planning and Development Committee on Tuesday 2 August where it was resolved that Council:

  1. Notes that 69% of respondents to the community consultation on the Curlewis Street Streetscape Upgrade were supportive of the overall proposal.
  2. Endorses Option 1, as set out in the report, at the eastern end of the project, for the bike path to be located on the northern side of Curlewis Street between Gould Steet and Campbell Parade.
  3. Endorses Option 1, as set out in the report, at the western end of the project, which includes the removal of the slip lane from Old South Head Road into Curlewis Street, subject to confirmation of the traffic impacts and support from Transport for NSW.
  4. Progresses to detailed design, noting the following will be addressed in development of the design:
    1. Continue to review the design to minimise impacts to parking loss, and where possible include offset parking on nearby streets.
    2. Review the design to minimise shared paths where possible.
    3. Advocate for improved connectivity of the bike path (e.g. onto Birriga Road and O’Sullivan Road) with both Transport for NSW and Woollahra Council.
    4. Review the number and extent of localised narrowings of the bike path surrounding retained trees.
    5. Continue to update key stakeholders of design changes as the detailed design phase progresses.
    6. Provide more information to the community about how and why Curlewis Street was selected for a two-way separated bike path.
    7. Assesses the impact of the proposed Wellington Street pedestrian crossing on traffic movements and congestion in Wellington Street and Curlewis Street, especially at peak times.
    8. Considers the entry to Curlewis Street at Old South Head Road to ensure vehicular safety.
  5. Notes that traffic-related design elements will be developed further and presented to the Waverley Traffic Committee for review after completion of detailed design, with subsequent consideration by Council.

The meeting agenda and minutes can be viewed on Council’s website and the full consultation report is available here.

Throughout the detailed design process we will continue to work with key stakeholders to ensure the final design aligns with community needs and expectations as much as possible.

More information is available on the Have Your Say page.

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Rodhan Haughton

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