Initial Phase of the Maroubra Junction Makeover Begins

Following a long consultation with the community, the Maroubra Junction makeover has finally started with the greenery planting, which will be followed by the actual construction of the central plaza.

More than $1 million has been set aside to develop the Maroubra Junction Oasis Project which will see the planting of over 1,000 trees at the park. These trees are predominantly of the native variety that requires little tending to and maintenance. These are also meant to provide a new habitat for birds, bees, and butterflies to thrive. 

The funding is part of New South Wales’ Your High Street Projects to create a public space at the heart of Maroubra. Per the NSW Planning and environment, this revitalisation will merge “two halves of a divided town centre by converting a wide median strip into an urban oasis with a raised turf platform, seating, lighting and landscaping.”  

Maroubra Oasis
The Maroubra Oasis
Photo Credit: RCC

The tree planting initiative is expected to take over six weeks and then the plaza construction is expected to kick off in early 2023. The work will include new seating areas, picnic tables, bike racks, and pavements. 

“This project is the beginning of our journey to improve the entire town centre,” Randwick Mayor Dylan Parker said.

“Maroubra Junction is a bustling centre but sections are tired, uninviting and in need of a makeover. This project is a first step towards cleaning up the area by creating a greener and more inviting space for everyone across our community to enjoy.”

In May 2021, Randwick City Council presented the Maroubra Junction Masterplan that identified three key areas in need of revitalisation, including Bunnerong Road and Flower Street. Nearly 300 locals responded to the survey.

Your Feedback Needed: Maroubra Junction $1-Million Urban Renewal Project

Did you know that an under-utilised strip at the Maroubra Junction will be transformed into an urban park and area for community use? Have your say on this million-dollar project before it proceeds to the next phase.

Public consultations are now open on the design for the Maroubra Junction urban renewal project, located along a block on Maroubra Road and Anzac Parade. The space at the heart of this urban junction will be turned into a vibrant park with new trees and enhanced garden beds.

The area will also include upgraded, high-quality paving for walking and biking, as well as new seating and lighting for people who may want to hang out. The green space has been designed with no impact on the adjacent car park. 

Area for Revitalisation
The current area marked for revitalisation
Photo Credit: RandwickCC
Location map Maroubra Junction Urban Renewal Project
Photo Credit: Randwick City Council

However, Council is still looking for additional inputs for the project. Some of the suggestions include adding a chess or table tennis section. 

Council will open the online feedback until Monday, 17 January 2022. Construction is expected to start by the first half of 2022.

Funding of $1 million has been allocated for this project courtesy of the Your Hight Street grant from the NSW Government. Launched in 2020, the program sees the importance of turning streets into community spaces that will also support economic recovery.  

ANZ Maroubra Junction to Permanently Close in April 2021

Here’s a heads-up for clients of ANZ Maroubra Junction following reports that the major bank will close 19 branches permanently across NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

Randick Mayor Danny Said announced that the Maroubra branch has been affected by the closure and will service clients only until Wednesday 7 April 2021. Customers of this branch are encouraged to to get their accounts in order before the closure.

“ANZ will assist customers with alternative banking methods such as online, telephone and mobile banking options. Customer accounts that were at the Maroubra Junction branch will now be located at ANZ Eastgardens,” the mayor posted on Facebook. 

ANZ’s closure will mean job losses for 100 workers, prompting Financial Sector Union National Secretary Julia Angrisan to call the decision “heartless.”

It is not known how many staff currently work at the ANZ Maroubra Junction.

The bank said that it’s shifting focus on online banking post-pandemic but Ms Angrisan said ANZ has been forcing customers to go online because it will save costs on rents and staff wages whilst boosting profits. 

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Reports stated that ANZ’s full-year profits in the pandemic year (2020) were at $3.76 billion. 

Meanwhile, the following ANZ branches in NSW will shut down in the next few months:

  • Ashfield
  • Campbelltown
  • Crows Nest
  • Chifley Square
  • East Maitland
  • Engadine
  • Erina Fair
  • Kiama
  • Maroubra Junction
  • Potts Point
  • Springwood
  • St Leonards