(29/6/2018) Fresh new look for Hilton Town Centre
The Hilton Town Centre has a fresh new look following a facelift by the City of Fremantle.
The upgrade was designed to make the section of South Street which runs through the Hilton shopping area feel more like a traditional town centre by slowing traffic and creating a safe and welcoming environment.
It also addressed a serious safety issue for pedestrians crossing by preventing cars from turning right out of Paget Street and Victor Street onto South Street.
Charles Austen, who opened Charlie’s Coffee Bar in Hilton six months ago, said the upgrade had already made a noticeable difference.
“I’ve definitely noticed an increase in foot traffic - across the road, back and forth, people out on the street,” Mr Austen said. “I think with even more seating outdoors it will help to take it beyond even where it is at the moment.”
The owner of Gilberts Fresh Market, John Opferkuch, was also impressed with the work.
“I think with a small budget the creativity and the effect they’ve been able to create with it has been brilliant,” he said. “It’s opened it all up, everybody that drives past is now engaged with both sides, people that drive past will be much more aware of pedestrians, so overall it’s been a terrific result.”
The project was funded through the state government’s Local Projects, Local Jobs program and the City of Fremantle.
Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk said the upgrade had improved one of Fremantle’s the most dangerous stretches of road.
“In the past five years there have been 20 crashes involving cars turning right onto South Street, and lots of near misses with people using the pedestrian crossing,” Ms McGurk said.
“These improvements have not only made the area more attractive, they’ve also made it a lot safer.”
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the City’s infrastructure team had delivered a fantastic outcome for the people of Hilton.
“They’ve done a really good job – it looks great,” he said. “It’s an area that all Hilton residents can be really proud of, and I’m sure local businesses will enjoy the benefits.”
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