The revitalisation of Argyle Street in Camden continues with the widening of a section of the road median between Elizabeth Street and Edward Street to improve safety and visual appeal of the historic town centre. These works will help ensure the main street of Camden remains relevant to our growing Local Government Area.
BEFORE INDICATIVE view after works completed
Enhancement works of the streetscape between Oxley Street and Hill Street have been completed in the first phase of the project in 2016.
Visual streetscape improvement by widening the median to allow for landscaping and accommodate eight mature Jacaranda trees.
Expected Completion Date
About the Project
Upgrades to the Camden Town Centre streetscapes are imperative to ensure Camden continues to grow and flourish. The injection of significant infrastructure into the Camden CBD after Council moved to Oran Park in 2016 will help ensure Camden is stronger and better placed than what it is today.
In June 2008 Council adopted the Camden Town Centre Strategy 2008. The purpose of the Strategy was to provide planning principles and establish a framework for the implementation of a range of public realm improvements within the Camden Town Centre.
Camden sits within one of the fastest growing parts of the Sydney Metropolitan Area. In addition there have been many challenges affecting Camden including the recent increase in size and role of the Narellan Town Centre and the relocation of Council’s Administration Centre to Oran Park in 2016.
Given these challenges, in 2014, Council commenced investigations to guide the future of the Camden town centre. JBA Urban Town Planning consultants were appointed by Council to engage with the community and stakeholders to develop a vision for the Camden town centre.
Council ran an extensive community consultation period for the Argyle Street streetscape improvements in 2014 over an extended 8 week period, with 587 formal submissions containing over 3,000 individual comments. The consultation process identified majority community support for the proposed works.
Specific features of this project include:
Removal and replacement of 80 metre length of median along Argyle Street between Elizabeth Street and Edward Street to transform the median from concrete to an attractive green space.
Widening of median to allow planting of eight new advanced Jacaranda trees.
Drainage improvement works
The first component of the project between Oxley Street and John Street was completed in July 2016.
The next stage of works between John Street and Hill Street was completed in August 2016.
Median works between Elizabeth Street and Edward Street starts early April 2017 and complete July 2017.
There will be some changes to parking, pedestrian and traffic arrangements during these works. Access to shops will be maintained at all times, unless otherwise agreed with relevant shopkeepers. Most of the construction works will be during daytime hours, however, some works have been programmed to be completed at night to minimise traffic impacts.
Council is currently notifying businesses affected by the works and will be liaising with businesses as works proceed.