What is the Central Mall Upgrade Project?

    The Central Mall Project is one of the major projects contributing to the revitalisation of the Kalamunda Town Centre and is part of the Kalamunda Activity Centre Plan. The Activity Centre Plan is the guiding document of the revitalisation of the Kalamunda Town Centre, shaping its future positioning as a contemporary, attractive and functional centre for residents and visitors alike.

    As part of this, it is envisaged for Central Mall to become a precinct with a food and beverage focus that supports both day and night-time activities and will act as a counterpoint to the more traditional and heritage spaces of the Kalamunda town centre.

    How was the Kalamunda Activity Centre Plan developed?

    In 2018, the City of Kalamunda undertook preliminary community and stakeholder engagement to understand the community’s 10-year vision for the Kalamunda Town Centre. 

    Through a range of workshops, surveys and conversations, the City engaged with Kalamunda businesses and residents. Their ideas and comments were incorporated into the draft Kalamunda Activity Centre Plan, which was endorsed by Council at the 24 March 2020 Ordinary Council Meeting and lodged with the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC).

    What works are proposed under the project?

    The vision of the Kalamunda Activity Centre Plan, is for Central Mall to become the heart of Kalamunda’s night-time economy, delivering an intimate and vibrant urban experience that supports both day and night-time activities.

    This will be achieved through: 

    • transforming a tired public realm with contemporary design that better reflects our unique setting
    • turning Central Mall into a one-way street fully connected between Haynes St and Mead St
    • Focussing and emphasising that pedestrians are prioritised over cars through creation of very low speed environments 
    • introducing limited parking opportunities into the lane to support adjacent retailers 
    • installing traffic management structures to allow ease of closure during events and night-time activities 
    • planting additional trees to extend existing planting and provide summer shade 
    • significant improvements to public spaces to gather, sit and relax
    • high quality lighting and entry features to provide an attractive and safe mall
    • setting in place a streetscape that will allow adjoining property owners to provide great retail outlets confident that the streetscape attracts pedestrians to visit, dine and shop. 

    What will the project cost?

    At the 30 June 2020 Ordinary Council Meeting, Council adopted the 2020/2021 Budget which includes a $2.4 million commitment for upgrades to the Kalamunda Town Centre, commencing with the upgrade of Central Mall.

    When will works commence?

    Construction for the Central Mall streetscape enhancements is anticipated to start later in 2021 and continue into 2022. 

    Prior to construction, the City will undertake community and stakeholder consultation to finalise the design concept for Central Mall. The City has engaged an experienced team of landscape architects, space planners and engineers led by PLACE Laboratory to undertake the Detailed Design and Tender Documentation for the Central Mall upgrade in the Kalamunda Town Centre. PLACE Laboratory will deliver this over two phases:

    • Phase 1: Updated Concept – produce a finalised concept plan for Central Mall and undertake initial community consultation.
    • Phase 2: Detail Design – finalise specifications and constructability for works to be undertaken, based on the endorsed concept plan. This will also be advertised for public comment. 

    Regular updates will be provided to local businesses, landowners and residents who may be impacted by construction. The City has also formed a Reference Group which will provide a forum for local representatives comprising of business operators and landowners, City staff and the Mayor, and the design and construction teams. 

    Will the markets be moved?

    Under the Kalamunda Activity Centre Plan and proposed streetscape enhancements, the Central Mall project has a vision to provide a space which supports community events such as market days and fairs to activate this space. There is no intention to move the markets from Central Mall and Town Square Gardens once the upgrade project is complete. The City will work closely with the Market organisers and all business owners to determine an appropriate construction plan, once the design is endorsed.  This may involve temporary relocation during the construction phase of the project.

    How can I provide feedback?

    The City of Kalamunda is encouraging residents and stakeholders to provide feedback by completing our online survey. Hard copies of the survey will also be available at all City libraries and Administration.

    Online:            engage.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/central-mall

    Post to:           City of Kalamunda, PO Box 42, Kalamunda WA 6926

    Email:              enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au

    Comments close 5pm Friday 13 November 2020.

    You are also invited to attend any of our upcoming workshops:

    Online Community Workshop

    Friday 30 October 2020

    10am – 12pm

    Hosted via Microsoft Teams. Register on this page. An email with the meeting link and instructions will be sent prior to the meeting.

    Community Workshop 

    Wednesday 4 November 2020


    Kalamunda Agricultural Hall, 48 Canning Road Kalamunda

    All welcome, RSVPs essential.

    What will happen next?

    On conclusion of the community engagement process, the City will collate and analyse all feedback which will be considered in finalising the design concept for Central Mall. Once the draft is finalised, design specifications and constructability for works to be undertaken will be finalised and advertised for public comment. 

    For more information contact the City of Kalamunda on (08) 9257 9999 or via email on enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au

    We will also keep you informed through website updates, by telephone or email if that is your preferred method of communication. Please let us know.