Improving the Urban Environment of Lower Main Road, Observatory

In October 2022, OBSID approached Local South and requested a proposal to increase pedestrianisation of Lower Main Road and to improve mobility in the precinct more broadly. Open Obs! was conceptualised to explore how Lower Main Road could become a more pedestrian-friendly, safer and inviting space for businesses, residents and visitors.

The original proposal included a series of temporary closures, and research was undertaken to build on existing practices in other parts of the world. A proposal was prepared, and City officials acknowledged we would currently require onerous and expensive event permits. Following several strategic discussions, it was agreed that Open Obs! would shift focus to other interventions on the long-term transformation of the street and improved mobility in the precinct without road closures…