Better streets and spaces

Macleay Street’s transformation completed

A 6-block refurbishment of the Potts Point strip is part of our push for greener, safer and more accessible spaces.

Macleay Street upgrade

One of Potts Point’s most beloved streets has been given a refresh, creating more space for people walking and fashioning an even more enticing area for shoppers and passersby.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City of Sydney was creating world-class streets that not only help people move around but are destinations in their own right.

“The transformation of Macleay Street in Potts Point is a great example of how we’re making our city greener and safer for riding and walking, while providing more opportunities for businesses to thrive,” the Lord Mayor said.

“We’re committed to improving all our wonderful village high streets and following the successful upgrades of Glebe Point Road and Redfern Street it was Potts Point’s turn.”

Some of the wider footpaths in Macleay Street.
Some of the wider footpaths in Macleay Street.

Covering 480m from Orwell to McDonald streets, the improvements include:
- wider footpaths to provide more space for people walking - raised continuous footpaths from Orwell Street to Rockwall Crescent - a raised intersection at Macleay Street and Greenknowe Avenue - new lighting and smart poles - new seating, bins and bike racks - new concrete paving - more street trees, landscaping and new garden beds - 2 in-lane bus stops on the eastern and western sides of Macleay Street.

The multi-million-dollar street improvements followed consultation with residents and businesses to help develop the best design for the area. Construction was staged to limit disruption to local businesses.

Macleay Street greening. Photo: City of Sydney
Macleay Street greening. Photo: City of Sydney

Warren Fahey, a cultural historian and co-administrator of the Potts Pointers community group, said feedback around the upgrades was extremely positive, despite some inconvenience during the construction phase.

“The upgrade's design puts people first. Expanded street seating, improved lighting and landscaping is vital to a community where most people live in apartments. The parks and the streets are our backyard. The intentional slowing down of traffic with a 40km/h zone, widened footpaths and continuous paving have all contributed to a safer and more relaxed street.

“Overall, the residents and traders appreciate that the project has also planned for the future. Most people are very appreciative of the beautification and although it was often a painful journey, the benefits are now being realised. We see a bright future for Macleay Street.”

The City of Sydney has completed 27 footpath upgrades in the 2021/22 financial year. Another 22 footpaths will be renewed in 2022/23 in Glebe, Beaconsfield, Newtown, Waterloo, Glebe, Alexandria, Surry Hills, Centennial Park, Pyrmont and along Elizabeth Street and Sussex Street in the city centre.

Published 15 November 2022