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Welcome to the new and improved Woolley Street

Lachlan Roberts 26 September 2019 4
Andrew Barr launching the new installations.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr launched the new temporary street improvements and installation works in Dickson’s dining district. Photos: Supplied.

Dickson’s best-known dining district has received a much-needed makeover as part of the City Renewal Authority’s Woolley St Project, bringing a vibrant, people-focused place to the Dickson community.

Developed as part of the Dickson Place Plan, the Woolley St Project is a range of improvements and installations along Woolley Street which will be trialled over the next seven weeks. The trial will inform more permanent upgrades in the future.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr launched the new temporary street improvements and installation works in Dickson’s dining district yesterday afternoon (26 September). Mr Barr said the ACT Government worked closely with the local community throughout last year to create a plan for Dickson to build upon its “strong established identity”.

“The community told us they wanted things like festivals, community activities and public street changes along Woolley St,” Mr Barr said. “The trials have been designed to focus on people, encouraging visitors to linger, enjoy the space and engage with the community and local businesses in different ways.

“This government is committed to delivering a better Dickson for businesses and the community. The feedback we receive will help guide long-term changes to revitalise this important area of our city precinct.”

The Woolley Street Noodle Bowl installation.

Fun seating and play elements, inspired by the noodle bowl, will bring more colour and fun to the street.

Some of these initial trials to spice up Dickson include a large entry installation, street furniture, play equipment, cherry blossom trees, festoon lighting, a public al fresco dining area and converting a small stretch of parking bays into short-stay bays for convenient, quick takeaway pickups.

The gateway, designed by Jodie Cunningham Art, welcomes visitors to Woolley Street and builds upon the local eat-street character.

The eastern footpath of Woolley St is being widened to accommodate an outdoor eating area, while pavilions will provide shade and shelter, and a place for friends and families to gather, eat takeaway or just stop and stay in the street for longer.

The existing lights will be repainted and dressed up with coloured panels and solar festoon lighting will be hung in the canopies to add another layer of ambient lighting.

An installation in Woolley St.

Woolley Street has received a dash of colour.

Colourful street murals on the footpaths by Jodie Cunningham Art, coloured umbrellas and furniture and fun seating and play elements, inspired by the noodle bowl – a popular dish associated with Woolley Street – will bring more colour and fun to the street.

The street will also be greened with plants and a temporary lawn area.

From mid-October, there will be some additional project trials including building a plaza at the Woolley St corner to host events and activities in the street such as a community concert, martial arts demonstration, takeaway movie night, ping pong tournament, night markets, paper festival and bonsai workshop, and the first Great Woolley Street Feast.

For more information, including a list of events, click here

Installations in Woolley Street.

A range of improvements and installations along Woolley Street which will be trialled over the next seven weeks.


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Megan van der Velde Megan van der Velde 2:29 am 29 Sep 19

So nice to see the refresh, My only concern is there is still nowhere near enough parking. I was there Friday night and drove around for 20 mins to find a park. Plus I think having to pay because it is Friday night is antiquitated. Why do we have to pay to shop on a Friday night? Pure funds raising 🙁

    JC JC 8:33 am 29 Sep 19

    There is no shortage of parking. You might have to walk 100-300m though.

    Maya123 Maya123 11:37 am 29 Sep 19

    Fortunately it’s only a short walk from a tram stop. I live on the south side of Canberra and it’s now easier for me to get there by public transport. A bus to Civic and then the tram. Less hassle than driving. However, as it’s not my part of town I don’t go there often; either by car or public transport. I prefer to frequent places closer.

    gooterz gooterz 11:44 pm 29 Sep 19

    Nice to see it working out for someone.
    Its not worth going to dickson anymore.

    Dickson will go out with some dignity. Its a pitty they couldn’t make it work!

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