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Shed to be demolished at rear of council-post office building.

Shed demolition the start of Gilles Street upgrade

News Article Date: 
Friday, 25 September 2015

The first step in the upgrade of Gilles Street will be taken this weekend with the removal of a brick shed at the rear of the post office-council building on the corner of Gilles and Timor streets.

The shed is being removed to make way for new permanent public toilets.

The project is part of the City Centre Renewal which will also include a new taxi rank along Gilles Street and streetscape works at the northern end of the street.

Work on the new toilets and taxi rank is expected to start in early 2016.

“The timing of work around this project is critical because along with the taxi rank being a busy place on a Saturday night Australia Post still runs its parcel collection and post office boxes along Gilles Street,” Manager Infrastructure Development and Projects Justin Hinch said.

“So we’re mindful of minimising disruption to parcel collection in the lead-up to Christmas.

“At the same time we know that people are keen to see new toilets in Gilles Street.

“The temporary toilets in Gilles Street will remain in place until work begins on the taxi rank. We will relocate temporary public toilets nearby until the new toilets are finished.”

Designs for the taxi rank and toilets were released earlier this year.

Both will be situated on the eastern side of the street close to the intersection with Timor Street.

The designs were prepared in consultation with Gilles Street stakeholders including residents from Gilles Street, taxi drivers, security officers, Timor Street businesses and representatives from the police, TAFE, Brophy and the post office.

Funding for the project came from the State Government (Regional Growth Fund Puttling Locals First Program, $300,000; and the Taxi Rank Safety Fund, $200,000) wih an additional $350,000 from WCC.

The design includes three toilets, a rainwater tank, landscaping and a taxi shelter that provides an increased seating capacity, greater roof area for protection from weather and sufficient space for two taxis to draw parallel to the kerb.

The footpath leading to the taxi rank will be one level to improve accessibility and ready access to post office boxes will be maintained.

Edging will be installed to protect the Norfolk Island pines from traffic.

 

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