Upgrades to improve McKenzie Street

The Ceduna District Council has moved to approve landscaping work be undertaken along McKenzie Street in Ceduna to improve the aesthetics of the street.

Councillors moved in favour of more than $30,000 worth of upgrade work along the street at last month's council meeting.

The council's manager of infrastructure and engineering services Chris Wilson said work to be undertaken included removing of gardening fixtures and fittings that detracted from the look of the street, tree pruning and removal of dead trees and bushes, repairing the drip irrigation system and tidying-up of garden beds.

He said the work would commence later in the year and was expected to take three weeks.

"The general condition of the street is not the nicest I've ever seen and this will remove all that, and things there that detracts from the look of the street," he said.

"We have a budget of $33,147 and will spend up to that amount on labour and materials.

"We have put it into the schedule of works to do and it is sitting at November for the work to be undertaken."

Mr Wilson said as one of the main entry roads into Ceduna, McKenzie Street had to be appealing to visitors.

"This will tidy up the street and improve the look of it.

"It is one of the main streets coming from the east and as one of the first impressions you get coming into Ceduna it needs to be welcoming."

A McKenzie Street masterplan was drafted in 2016 yet not adopted by the council, but Mr Wilson said he wanted the upgrades to be a long-term project.

"I am new to the council and want to go through the masterplan draft before presenting it to the council, who will then make their decision," he said.

"We could do a little bit per year, we could spend about $30,000 each year and after eight to 10 years you have upgraded the street.

"I think it has to be done in bite-size pieces as there are lots of projects that need money, but the aim is to have a welcoming streetscape."