City of Melville Begins Construction of Safe Active Street

Aug 24, 2020

Safe Active Street Project Melville

Melville City Mayor, the Hon. George Gear JP, says Safe Active Street construction will begin this August. The first of its kind, the new street project is considered an innovative answer to the community’s increased need for connected and sustainable transport. The City Council approved final designs in June 2020.

What is a Safe Active Street?

The new street project aims to provide a safer route with better facilities for cyclists and pedestrians. It Intends to create a slower-paced street, pedestrian-friendly roads are conducive for biking and encourage increased foot traffic going to schools, work, and other places of interest.

Details of Safe Active Street

Construction is expected to take a year to complete and will be carried out in stages. The Safe Active Street Project cost is estimated at $2.2 million, including a Dept. of Transport $850,000 grant. 

Construction timeline order will be as follows: three-speed plateaus installed on Drew Rd., and then Willcock St., followed by work on Hope Road, Millington St., Collier St. and Links Rd.

Safe Active Street will also run through Ardross Primary and Applecross Senior High Schools, and will feature: 

  • wider areas for bicycle and pedestrian lanes,
  • garden beds and trees,
  • public art, and
  • seating.

People who travel between Westfield Booragoon and the Riseley Street Activity Centre can also get the chance to see and experience the benefits of the new project.

How the Community Will Benefit from Safe Active Street Project?

School children will benefit the most as the new street hopes to create a slower speed environment around schools in the area. Children can now walk or cycle to and from school.

The Safe and Active Street project also aims for a healthier, more physically active community, with new avenues for walking and biking. More details can be found at

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