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CBD Revitalisation Stage One - Cox Street


The overall aims of the project include:
• Creating a landmark entry into the CBD area.
• Creating a strong, active urban edge to Cox Street.
• Promoting opportunities for large format retail/bulky goods development along Cox Street, and infill development in the
blocks immediately behind Cox Street.
• Improve active frontages and retail potential along French Street and Station Street.
• Promote mixed use development along the eastern side of Cox Street, beyond the double row landscape boulevard and
have active frontages that take advantage of proposed landscape interface.


The Hamilton Structure Plan identified the importance of Cox Street entry precinct and the opportunities for it to present as a proud town entrance, while at the same time demonstrating opportunities for a vibrant retail precinct with large format stores within the CBD area. The precinct draws on information gained from the community workshops and works with the existing land ownership pattern.

This project will concentrate on the design of the landscaped axis boulevard to create a pedestrian/bicycle path, producing the strong urban edge to Cox Street to facilitate retail development consistent with the Southern Grampians Shire’s Master plan and retail strategies. The aims will improve walkability and safety, as well as present the town in an attractive way for residents, visitors and prospective investors.

Project details

Works to be completed as part of the redevelopment include:
• Widening of the eastern side of Cox Street from Lonsdale to French and installation of new median strip
• Upgrade of the existing roundabouts
• Construction of new 3.0m wide shared footpath on eastern side of Cox Street
• Construction of new pocket park and furniture at south eastern corner of Cox and Gray Streets
• Planting of street trees in median strip and along eastern side of Cox Street
• Undergrounding of existing and new powerlines along eastern side of Cox Street

For a detailed drawing of the Cox Street Revitalisation project, click here.

Project Timeline

September – December 2021:
Undergrounding of power and Telstra lines along the east
side of Cox Street

September - December 2021:

Henty Highway/South Boundary Rd Intersection Upgrade
(required for Alternative Heavy Vehicle detour)

Late December 2021:
Heavy vehicle detour in place

January 2022:
Site establishment of Cox Street Project and start of

May 2022:
Physical work completion

July 2022:
Overall physical completion of Cox Street Project

Current Status

The tender for the Cox Street project was adopted at the Council Meeting on 14 July 2021.
Council will now work with the Contractor on the schedule of works and traffic management arrangements.

The tender for the undergrounding of power and Telstra lines was awarded at the Council meeting on 11 August 2021.
The tender for the intersection upgrade for the Henty Hwy and Sth Boundary Road was also awarded at this meeting. These intersection works are essential to ensuring the temporary heavy vehicle detour provides safe passage for heavy vehicles around Hamilton.

Heavy Vehicle Detour

Cox Street Redevelopment July 2021

Council will temporarily detour heavy vehicles from Cox Street throughout the construction period. We anticipate the detour commencing in December 2021 or early January 2022.

This will ensure safety for those working on the project, pedestrians and motorists.

Click here for more information on the temporary detour.

Traffic Management - General

Public access will be maintained along Cox Street throughout the majority of the construction period.
Traffic will be reduced to one lane for the majority of the construction period, however there may be times where the road will need to be closed entirely and in this case, a detour will be necessary.
Council will provide further advice about this disruption as required on our Website, via social media and our local media.

Access to local businesses/property will be managed and determined by the traffic plan which will be developed by the successful contractor. Council will be in contact with businesses to discuss any direct impacts to traffic flow or pedestrian access.

Project Bulletins

For more information:
Please email

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