New jacaranda trees coming to Argyle Street

Camden will soon have some new Jacaranda trees.

At the last Camden Council meeting councillors accepted a tender from a construction company to remove and replace the 80-metre length of median strip between Elizabeth Street and Edward Street along Argyle Street.

The new median will also be wider to allow for eight mature jacaranda trees. 

A Camden Council spokeswoman said the streetscape improvements along Argyle Street were identified as a priority in the Camden Town Centre Vision report.

“Widening and landscaping the median, including adding mature jacarandas, at the eastern end of Argyle Street will have a strong impact at the eastern entrance to the town,” she said.

“Council is replacing the current concrete median with a landscaped median consistent with the rest of Argyle Street.”

The $440,000 project will include the construction of a 2.6 metre wide median, drainage works, signage, line marking, adjustment of road levels and landscaping.

Council will source the trees from a recognised nursery that can provide the appropriate sized trees.

“The jacaranda was chosen to continue the current theme of planting that exists in the Argyle Street medians,” the spokeswoman said.

Work is expected to begin in April and be complete by the end of July, weather permitting.

Traffic will be impacted as only one lane will be open during the day throughout the works.

Camden Mayor Lara Symkowiak said the works would enhance the streetscape for residents and visitors to the town centre to enjoy.

“These works will improve the appearance of the eastern entrance to the Camden town centre and transform the concrete median into an attractive green space,” she said.

The Argyle Street enhancement works between Hill Street and Oxley Street intersections are now complete.

These works included the installation of traffic lights, widening the footpath, replacement of footpath pavers and street furniture, lighting and pedestrian signals.

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