McKeon Street Plaza To Open for 6-Month Trial

Heads up, Maroubra locals! The McKeon Street Plaza will be open beginning the 8th of October 2022.

The temporary public plaza will be open for a six-month trial period, during which the area between Marine Parade and Fenton Avenue will be closed to cars and opened to the community for shopping, dining, and other activities.

“This is an opportunity to prioritise people and our local businesses. Creating a plaza on McKeon Street will provide more opportunity for visitors and locals to stay in the area and enjoy the beautiful beachside suburb of Maroubra, while also spending time at the local businesses and outdoors,” Mayor Dylan Parker, who will officially launch the public plaza, said.

Once opened to the public, the McKeon Street Plaza will feature new landscaping, outdoor furniture and public art. And from launching up to the end of March next year, local entertainment and music will delight visitors every Saturday as well.

The six-month trial is funded through a $500,000 grant from the NSW State Government as part of its Street as Shared Spaces (Round 2) initiative in partnership with Randwick City Council.

“The community and local businesses were consulted on this project and the responses were very supportive,” adds Mayor Parker.

Mayor Dylan Parker talking about the new public plaza at McKeon Street, Maroubra in May 2022

Based on the feedback collected from the community consultation, an overwhelming majority or 87 per cent agree that the area will benefit from the pedestrianized public space. Moreover, 86 per cent said that they agree or strongly agree that people would visit or stay longer in the public space if it was well-designed.

To address concerns about the loss of parking, Council will create an angled parking area on Fenton Avenue, resulting in 29 new parking spaces or a net gain of 15.

“Overall, the objective is to strengthen the vibrancy of the area, enable more day and night activity, and encourage more walking to and from the area while preserving the area’s unique local character and identity.

Shared Space Trial At McKeon Street In Maroubra Encourages People To Use Public Spaces More

McKeon Street, one of the busiest streets in Maroubra, is about to undergo a transformation that will make it pedestrian-friendly and will encourage people to make more use of public spaces.

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This comes after Randwick City Council qualified for the second round of Streets as Shared Spaces program with a $500,000 grant that will be used for public alfresco dining and general seating, public art and activations.

Randwick Mayor Dylan Parker is looking forward to seeing how residents and businesses enjoy the additional outdoor amenity once McKeon Street becomes more pedestrian-friendly.

He highlighted some of the benefits of creating people-centred spaces, such as fostering connection, reinforcing a sense of community and allowing the local economy to flourish, to name a few.

“I have no doubt this new space will bring a freshness and vitality to the area and when people engage with the space they will come away having had a positive experience,” Mayor Parker said.

The trial closure of a section of McKeon St, adjacent to Marine Parade, will kick off in September 2022.

About Streets as Shared Spaces

A carpark transformation in Griffith as part of the Streets as Shared Spaces program (Photo credit:

The Streets as Shared Spaces program allows local councils to apply for grants that will increase public space, amenity and connection all over bustling streets of their communities.

The NSW Government has allocated $20 million for the second round of funding in October 2021, which was awarded in March 2022. The program started in 2020 as a pilot to enable improvements across the state during the Covid-19 pandemic.

It was backed by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment research, which revealed that people in NSW were using and appreciating public space more than ever during the pandemic.

They conducted a survey where they learned people want high-quality public space that’s

easy to access and more people felt less safe in public spaces, especially because of crowding.

For more information about the program and a list of all the Streets as Shared Spaces Round 2 projects, visit