$1m CBD upgrade

The Epoch heritage silhouettes will receive up lighting as part of the upgrades. Picture: Chris Lane
The Epoch heritage silhouettes will receive up lighting as part of the upgrades. Picture: Chris Lane

New 'smart' light poles in Spencer Street and engraved street name paving are two of the upgrades planned for Fairfield City Centre as part of a $1 million commitment from Fairfield Council to improve driver and pedestrian access and visual appeal of the CBD.

As part of the project, Epoch Plaza, Thomas Ware Plaza, The Crescent, Hamilton Road and Spencer Street will all receive improvements in 2019.

Spencer Street is set to have existing street lighting replaced with 'smart poles' that include security camera, 'smart' controlled LED roadway lighting, Wi-Fi, environmental sensors, public event audio with power outlets and electric car charging.

The addition of engraved 'street name' footpath pavers will be installed at The Crescent as well as refurbishment of memorial features with kerb and gutter realignment/reconstruction, road pavement restoration and landscaping and tree planting set for Hamilton Road.

At Epoch Plaza, the Epoch heritage silhouettes will receive lighting, heelproof stormwater grates and interpretive signage will be installed and improvements to the existing surrounding landscape beds.

The soft fall at the Thomas Ware Plaza playground will be rejuvenated, "bud lighting" will be installed at the palm trees and a new water station added.

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said busy town centres "create challenges and opportunities" that require smart investment for them to reach their potential.

"...and that is what we are doing," he said. "Fairfield City Centre is an important and vibrant shopping and dining destination. Every day thousands of shoppers and diners visit the centre and we want them to keep coming back and supporting our local businesses. We want Fairfield to continue to grow as a great place to live, work and raise a family."