Phase 1: Streetscape Upgrades

What are the changes proposed?

The Dee Why Town Centre Streetscape upgrades propose new pavements, more trees and plants, new furniture and upgraded drainage and lighting. We will also include functional and interesting public art to reflect our community and the diverse culture of Dee Why.

Where and when are the changes proposed?

The Phase 1 Streetscape Upgrades include works to the roads and pavements shown in red in the attached flyer, including Oaks and Howard Avenues.

In Pittwater Road, Council will be working closely with the State Government to provide new footpaths and facilities for the B-Line and other bus services. A new link road is also proposed, as part of the redevelopment of Council’s Oaks and Howard Avenue Car Park. The redevelopment of this site is currently on hold. 

Other Phase 1 upgrade works include construction of the Walter Gors Park, scheduled for completion in early 2017 and Stage 1 of Redman Road Plaza due to start in March 2017. With community support, we propose to implement the Phase 1 streetscape upgrades from late 2017 to 2019.  

What community consultation has previously occurred?

These plans are a response to extensive community consultation about the Dee Why Town Centre Master Plan 2013, and we’re inviting your feedback on this next stage of the process.

Separate community engagement was previously undertaken for Walter Gors Park and Redman Road Plaza. 

Are there any changes proposed to street trees?

The Phase 1 Streetscape Upgrades propose new trees and garden beds, and will result in approximately 33 more trees than at present.

The proposed upgrades will require the removal and replacement of all but a few existing trees, the roots of which have displaced roads and footpaths, and created trip hazards and safety issues in the Town Centre. We understand the importance of trees which is why all new trees will be at least four metres high at planting.

We aim to provide a greener and safer Town Centre for future generations. 


What are we doing to address traffic concerns?

Extensive traffic modelling has recommended the retention of the existing two-way system in lieu of the one-way traffic scheme adopted with the Master Plan.

A two-way traffic network was found to offer better accessibility, route choice, reduced travel times, reduced stops and reduced congestion, while both schemes had very similar travel speeds. Modelling has also identified a number of changes to improve traffic conditions which we propose to implement as part of these upgrades.

This includes a reduction in the vehicle speed limit from 60 to 40 kilometres per hour to improve pedestrian safety.


What are we doing to address pedestrian accessibility?

Further opportunities for safe pedestrian movement will be created by providing new footpath paving free of trip hazards, additional pedestrian crossings and future connections such as the new Link Road and the arcade through the Meriton development site.

What are we doing for bikes?

Bikes will be able to travel safely through new north south connections and bike parking will be provided at key locations.

We are proposing to retain on-street parking in the town centre rather than provide segregated on-road bike paths as suggested in the Master Plan and in the Warringah Bike Plan 2010. This is because Oaks and Howard Avenue are too narrow to accommodate segregated bike paths without losing parking on one side of the street.

Initial feedback from focus groups has indicated that parking is preferred over segregated bike paths. We are now seeking your feedback as to whether you agree.

Redman Road Plaza

Why are we upgrading Redman Road Plaza?

Northern Beaches Council is improving Dee Why Town Centre through the implementation of Council’s award winning Dee Why Town Centre Masterplan 2013.

As part of the revitalisation, Redman Road Plaza was identified as a key site which could provide the community with a greener, more open space, activating and bringing life to the western side of Pittwater Road. 


What consultation has been done so far?

In June 2015, we exhibited preliminary design plans for Redman Road Plaza. After receiving positive feedback from the community, the designs were then adopted in August 2015.

We also held three information sessions throughout June and July 2015

View preliminary design plans

View Council Report

View Meeting Minutes – 25 August 2015 (Item 13.1)


Where can I find the Redman Road Plaza detailed design plans?

The Redman Road Design Plans can be found here.

You can also view the artist impression here.


What features does the design include?

Redman Road Plaza features;

  • Plants
  • Seating
  • Water feature
  • Catenary lighting structure
  • Hanging gardens
  • Integrated public art elements

Where is the water feature shown on Redman Road in the Masterplan?

Redman Road is an overland floodway during large storms and the concept shown in the Master Plan was not viable or practical. The current proposal has been designed to provide an attractive public space which provides minimum impedance to the overland flows or flooding to adjoining properties.


What trees will we be planting at Redman Road Plaza and when will they be planted?

We will be planting the following trees at Redman Road Plaza;

  • Cabbage Tree Palms
  • Chinese Elm
  • Gymea Lily
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Star Jasmine
  • Guinea Flower

The trees will be planted in two planter beds along either side of the plaza.

What size will they be when planted?

The Cabbage Tree Palms will be 6m tall and the Chinese Elms will be 4m tall


Who will maintain the trees and plants?

The contractor will be responsible for the maintenance of the plants for the first 12 months, following that Councils maintenance team will be responsible for the maintenance of the trees and plants

For more information, visit the Project Page.


Who is doing the works?

Landscape Solutions were the successful tenders appointed to manage and undertake the works.


What part of Redman Road Plaza will be upgraded first?

Upgrade works for Redman Road Plaza will be completed in 2 stages.

Stage 1 is scheduled for construction in 2017.

View updated phase 1 construction plan

View Redman Road Plaza Design Plans

*Stage 2 has been scheduled for 2020-2025.


How long will it take to complete the works and what times will they be done?

The works are due to commence March 2017 and be completed in July 2017

Works will be undertaken between the hours of 7am – 5pm Monday to Friday, as well as 8am to 1pm on Saturdays.


How will these works impact me?

There will be temporary diversions to pedestrian access through the plaza, however access will never be fully restricted.

There will be noise at times especially during demolition phases, however all efforts will be made to minimise the impacts of this noise.


What if I have a complaint regarding these works?

If you have a complaint regarding these works, please call Council on 9942 2111 or alternatively, you can email deewhytowncentre@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au.

If you have a general query, you can complete an enquiry form online. 

Will vehicle access still be available in Redman Road Plaza?

Some vehicle access will still be available to adjoining properties via a vehicle and pedestrian ‘Shared Zone’ for half the length of the proposed plaza. There will be no vehicle parking and vehicle speeds will be restricted to 10kmh within the ‘Shared Zone’.

There will be no vehicle access, other than for maintenance, to the other half of the plaza. 


What are we doing to address parking issues?

The PCYC and Meriton developments will provide a minimum 85% increase in parking for the Town Centre (at least 450 parking spaces).

This takes into account a small reduction in street parking to provide pedestrian friendly wider pavements and additional crossings.

A further increase in parking will occur as older buildings which do not have on-site parking are redeveloped.

How much is the redevelopment of Redman Road going to cost?

Based on our current preliminary designs, we expect that the approximate cost for Redman Road will be $1.8 million.


How will Council pay for the redevelopment?

The upgrade to the public spaces in Dee Why Town Centre, including the new Walter Gors Park and Redman Road Plaza, will be funded from development contributions. 

Council has been collecting private developer contributions under the Warringah Section 94A Development Contributions Plan 2014.


What if I have a business?

It’s important that you plan ahead and keep your business resilient during construction.

For tips and contacts, download our Guide for Businesses. 

We will be visiting businesses over the next few months to discuss the upcoming works. Alternatively you can book an appointment.

How will I be communicated with?

Our Community Liaison Officer sends regular project updates to residents and local businesses who have registered their interest in the Dee Why Town Centre improvements. To register for ongoing updates, contact Jen Moody on 9942 2755 or email deewhytowncentre@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au