Clarence and Murray Street Intersection

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A significant upgrade to the Clarence and Murray Sts intersection is complete and already the benefits are being enjoyed by pedestrians and vehicle users.

As part of the Town Centre Master Plan the upgrade to the Clarence and Murray intersection which started in May 2015, has resulted in a more user-friendly space that encourages pedestrian activity. Footpaths and kerb and gutter have been updated to improve access and amenity, trees have been replaced and lighting has been upgraded. The works have created a much more attractive space in the heart of the CBD and the project was completed ahead of

A significant upgrade to the Clarence and Murray Sts intersection is complete and already the benefits are being enjoyed by pedestrians and vehicle users.

As part of the Town Centre Master Plan the upgrade to the Clarence and Murray intersection which started in May 2015, has resulted in a more user-friendly space that encourages pedestrian activity. Footpaths and kerb and gutter have been updated to improve access and amenity, trees have been replaced and lighting has been upgraded. The works have created a much more attractive space in the heart of the CBD and the project was completed ahead of time and under budget.


The project was planned to occur in 2 stages.

Stage 1.

  • Remove 4 pine trees, 1 Boxbrush in Clarence Street and Cocos palms on the corner of Clarence and Murray Streets.
  • Upgrade sewer, stormwater and water mains at intersection
  • Divert overhead power to underground.
  • Upgrade footpaths and kerb and gutter to improve access and amenity.
  • Improve street and intersection lighting.
Stage 2.
  • Change the existing ‘nose in angled parking’ to centre parking, in line with existing parking west of this section of road.
  • Create a new intersection at Clarence and Murray Street providing a safer pedestrian crossing and traffic calming
  • Renew road pavement.
  • Reinstate planting including 4 young established pine and 1 Boxbrush tree
  • Install heritage marking across Clarence Street indicating the presence of the historical
  • barrel drain.
The project was delivered by Council's Infrastructure Delivery section, and the majority of the work was completed by internal Council construction crews with some assistance from expert local subcontractors.

The estimated cost of the project was just under $2.4 million and the project came in well under budget and more than a month ahead of schedule. The project was funded entirely through the TCMP (Town Centre Master Plan) budget, which includes funding from a special business rate paid by CBD property owners.

Council adopted a different approach by fully closing the intersection to all vehicles which allowed the intersection to be poured most efficiently and effectively. Council undertook extensive community engagement throughout the work to keep everyone informed about what was happening. The half Ironman event, Tastings on Hastings and school holidays were all successfully accommodated during the construction period.

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