Sandy Bay Retail Precinct Upgrade

Modifications to Occupation Licences

On 4 September 2017, the Council endorsed the relocation of occupation licence areas, dining areas and signboards away from the building line in the Sandy Bay retail precinct.

Businesses in this area have now relocated their furniture clear of building lines.

These changes have resulted in easier and safer access along the footpath for people with disabilities and older people and will assist them to find door entrances into businesses. The changes avoid the need for those people with disabilities to negotiate through outdoor dining areas, tables and chairs, which can be challenging. It has also aided the vision impaired community and assists guide dogs who are trained to find door entrances into businesses.

The report that provides a background and the reasons for these changes is contained in the City Infrastructure Committee agenda (item 6.3) of the meeting held on 23 August 2017 and can be accessed here: City Infrastructure Committee agenda. 

Sandy Bay Retail Precinct upgrade

The Sandy Bay Retail Precinct on Sandy Bay Road has recently undergone a revitalisation of the streetscape, road and footpath infrastructure. 

A fresh, contemporary look and feel to the street has been achieved through: 

  • paving the footpaths on Sandy Bay Road between Byron Street and Russell Crescent
  • the installation of street furniture, including more seats, bike racks, drinking fountains and plantings
  • installing a new entry statement to signify the start of the retail precinct
  • changes to the entry to the Woolworths lower car park to improve access to the public toilets
  • improved pedestrian crossings near Magnet Court and in King Street, near Solo Pasta and Pizza
  • investigating the marking of parking bays on Sandy Bay Road to provide a clear indication of the parking spaces
  • installing lit banner poles in the central median island
  • removing the palm trees from the centre of Sandy Bay Road
  • planting three new mature trees in the footpath
  • King Street footpath paving, improved pedestrian access and new street lighting. A plan showing these works is available here: Plan of works(PDF, 121KB).

For more information see the Sandy Bay Retail Project Information Sheet(PDF, 2MB)

Project background 

The City of Hobart, with input from the Sandy Bay Traders Group, developed a concept plan in 2015 which listed potential improvements to the publicly-owned land in the area. 

We invited community input to the plan – talking to all retailers, owners of retail properties and local customers within the retail precinct during June 2015.

More than 300 people participated in the community engagement conducted during June 2015 and there was strong support for the revitalisation of the area. 

The proposal to replace the palm trees in the pedestrian island and add banner poles to promote seasonal activities strongly divided opinion. In response to a petition that requested the removal of the palm trees from the middle of the road and the installation of banner poles, the City Infrastructure Committee considered all available information and the Council subsequently resolved to support the petitioners’ request. View the report on palm trees and banner poles in Sandy Bay(PDF, 549KB)

A report detailing the outcomes of the community engagement, including the revised streetscape plan, was approved by the Council on 7 September 2015. View the Sandy Bay Streetscape Infrastructure Report(PDF, 3MB).