Much needed improvments on Cleveland and Crown

Some of Surry Hills' busiest streets are getting a much needed upgrade - making them more pedestrian-friendly and making more space for outdoor dining.

Please join me at Shannon Reserve, Surry Hills, from 11am on Saturday to see planned improvements to Crown Street and the intersection of Crown and Cleveland Streets.

Improvements on Crown Street include wider footpaths and more room for street dining, safer intersections with side streets, new paving and smartpoles, and more street furniture and landscaping.

Decorative paving will be installed in the pedestrian walk way between Crown and Wilshire Streets and we will commission an artist to create work near the Crown Street entrance.

Power lines at the intersection of Cleveland Street, Crown Street and Baptist Street will be relocated underground to reduce clutter and improve pedestrian safety and comfort.

Currently, pedestrians have to huddle on the island between rushing cars outside Surry Hills/Redfern Shopping Centre as they wait to cross the road. We plan to reconfigure the intersection so it's safer and easier to cross.

We will also install footpath paving and street seating outside the mounted police in Baptist Street alongside the newly landscaped area.

I first met with the local community about this project in December 2011. It received strong support and we hope to start work early next year.

Last year we installed more planting and new paving in Baptist Street as well as the beautiful footpath hedge in Cleveland Street between Crown and Bourke, and we're extending it to South Dowling Street in the east and Chalmers Street in the west over the next few years.

Further work in the area in future includes improvements in High Holbourne street and surrounding laneways.

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