Five Dock Revitalisation - Streetscape Upgrade

The City of Canada Bay is committed to improving and maintaining our town centres and villages.

Vibrant town centres contribute to the social and economic well-being of our communities, and we are supporting our community and local businesses by planning for Stage Two (Queens Road to Henry Street) of the Five Dock streetscape upgrade. Stage One works along Great North Road between Lyons Road and Henry Street concluded in mid-2017.

Public domain improvements to activate Five Dock Town Centre were an outcome of the Five Dock Urban Design Study, (adopted by Council in 2014), which identified a 20-year vision for the precinct.

In 2015, Council undertook community consultation on the Five Dock Streetscape Concept Plan. Over the past year, Council has reviewed and undertaken amendments to the original concept plan.  

The revised Stage Two concept plan outcomes include:

  • Planting of street trees and shrubs
  • Installation of high quality pavements and street furnishings
  • Improvements to the drainage system.  

The revised concept plans were placed on public exhibition from 1-28 September 2018. Stage Two construction is anticipated to commence in early 2019. See the supporting information below, for more details on the Project.

Supporting information

Community Engagement and Project Timeline

How is the community kept informed on the progress of the Streetscape Upgrade works?

As in the Stage One works, Council will be engaging and informing the community on the progress of the Streetscape Upgrade works on a regular basis through:

  • Direct mail to households and businesses within a 500m radius
  • Letterbox distribution of flyers and notification letters
  • Inclusion within Bayside Brief, Council’s quarterly newsletter to residents
  • Face to face business consultation
  • Council’s social media profiles
  • Regular email updates to businesses

Engagement activities have included:

Date Description
1 September - 28 September 2018 Public exhibition of Stage Two revised plans
Mid 2017 - mid 2018 Review and amendment to original Concept Plan undertaken
February 2016 - mid 2017 Streetscape update Stage One undertaken from Lyons Road to Henry Street
16 August 2015  Project Consultation and update at Ferragosto (street festival in Five Dock) 
20 May 2015 Community Information Day at Fred Kelly Place, Five Dock
July - August 2015 Design + Development: Community feedback via online Collaborative Map 
20 July 2013 Design + Development: Community participation event 
22 June 2013 Design + Development: Chamber of Commerce presentation
20/25 July 2013   Design + Development: Stakeholder workshops 
5/6 June 2013  Understanding the Issues: Stakeholder workshops 
1 June 2013 Understanding the Issues: Community participation event 
April - June 2013  Understanding the Issues: Community feedback via Collaborative Map 
2011 - 2012  Consultation + engagement in developing the FDTC Strategy    
​​​​​​​Frequently Asked Questions

What is proposed?

The streetscape upgrade is an outcome of the Five Dock Urban Design Study, Council’s and the community’s 20-year vision for the Five Dock Town Centre.   

The revised Stage Two concept plan outcomes include:

  • Planting of street trees and shrubs
  • Installation of high quality pavements and street furnishings
  • Improvements to the drainage system

What are the community benefits of the streetscape upgrade?

In our experience, streetscape upgrades have provided real benefits to local businesses and residents through:

  • Improving the public amenity which makes the centre a more attractive place to visit
  • Implementing a streetscape design which focuses on pedestrian safety through slowing down vehicles
  • Enhancing the environmental, social and cultural sustainability of the precinct
  • Retaining and attracting businesses and residents.

What are the key amendments to the 2015 concept plans?

Soft Landscaping

  • Additional trees and low planting on both sides of Ramsay Road
  • Changes to proposed tree locations on Great North Road due to conflicts with traffic signals and building awnings.

Street Furniture

  • Addition of pre-cast concrete seating at new and existing street trees.


  • Surface treatments changed to align with those used in Stage One


  • Previously proposed kerb extension on the southern side of Kings Road and in Garfield Street has been removed to reduce parking loss
  • Previously proposed kerb extension on the northern side of First Avenue has been shortened to reduce parking loss.

Pedestrian Crossings

  • Previously proposed pedestrian crossing in Garfield Street has been removed due to RMS requirements
  • Modifications of the crossing at Fred Kelly Place and the extension of the southern median island have been removed due to RMS requirements.

Street Furniture and Public Litter

Will the same public benches and bins that were installed in Stage One be installed in Stage Two?

Yes, with the addition of concrete seating around new and existing street trees. The same bins used in Stage One will be installed in Stage Two. Please note, bin locations are not subject to change.

Construction Updates

When will construction commence and how long will it go for?

Council is anticipating to appoint a civil contractor in late 2018. It is anticipated construction will commence in early 2019 with completion expected within one year of the commencement date.  

How is this project being funded and what is the anticipated cost?

The works are funded from developer contributions. Stage Two is anticipated to cost $3.35 million.

For Local Business

I operate a business in the Stage Two proposed works zone. Will this impact my business?

Council will be working with local businesses to help in developing a construction schedule which will deliver the least impact to their business operations. Furthermore, with businesses who do not have rear access to receive goods, we will discuss options with you to ensure you receive your deliveries during the construction period.  

At all times during construction business operators, their employees and customers will retain access to each business entrance. In the period of footpath re-construction, the methodology undertaken includes a sectional demolition and replacement of the footpath which enables temporary ground covers and, if necessary, ramps to enable access at all times to your business.  

Council has embarked on this significant project to improve the visual amenity and pedestrian access of Great North Road. The desired outcome is to deliver a streetscape and environment which is appealing to and safe for visitors.  

What is the background to the footpath dining structures on Great North Road, Five Dock?

In 2003/04, Council commenced a streetscape upgrade of Great North Road between Henry Street and Queens Road, which included trialling a new Council initiative resulting in footpath dining shelters designed and installed by Council with cost recovery achieved through an annual rental paid by business operators.  

The scheme was, and is still, unique to the City of Canada Bay’s footpath dining program. Within our other precincts it is the responsibility of the property owner and/or business operator to install their own structures which typically includes a Development Application process.  

Over the past few years, some businesses have not been supportive of the Five Dock structures and this has resulted in the removal of several of the structures installed in 2003/04.  

The City of Canada Bay’s current streetscape upgrade provides an opportunity to review the scheme and deliver a better outcome for business operators, their customers, residents and the overall amenity of this town centre.  

What are Council’s plans for improving the aesthetics of footpath dining?

In May and June 2016, we undertook face-to-face engagement with current footpath dining permit businesses to assist in informing a new Footpath Dining Policy in relation to Great North Road, Five Dock.   

All existing structures installed by Council in 2003/04 are to be removed, providing greater flexibility for business operators. Please refer to Council’s Business Use of the Footpath Policy.