23 Mar, 2017

Joint Media Release - Permanent lighting solution for Peel Street

New permanent lighting for Peel Street will be installed over the coming weeks to continue night time activation and revitalisation of Adelaide’s small street and laneways.

Renewal SA and the City of Adelaide have been trialling lighting options for Peel Street to ensure the street remains one of Adelaide’s pre-eminent laneways and destinations.

Works will soon commence to replace the temporary festoon lighting with dimmable permanent festoon lighting.

Renewal SA and the City of Adelaide continue to liaise with traders to address their feedback through the trial period which aided in working towards a suitable permanent lighting solution to create connections between the venues along Peel Street.

The lighting adds to the revitalisation of Adelaide’s small streets and laneways reinforcing the unique qualities that make Adelaide accessible and liveable.


The trial short term festoon lighting was installed in time for the festival period to support small businesses and enhance the night time economy through investment in our CBD by encouraging people to spend longer in our laneways.
The lighting cost including installation of all fixtures and globes is around $14,000.

Renewal SA and the City of Adelaide are working in partnership to revitalise our laneways. In June 2016 the South Australian Government and City of Adelaide committed $14.6 million to transform a network of small streets and laneways between the Adelaide Central Market and Riverbank to create a destination where communities and businesses can thrive.

Since the introduction of the Small Venue Licence in 2013, approximately 70 new venues have popped up across Adelaide’s laneways stimulating 900 jobs and $70 million in economic activity.

Quotes attributable to City of Adelaide Minister John Rau

Since the State Government helped bring Hub Adelaide to Peel Street and introduced small venue licensing, Peel Street has been transformed from an under-utilised laneway into one of Adelaide’s most popular spots, supporting more than 150 new jobs.

We have worked with traders in Peel Street to strike the right balance for lighting the laneways, creating atmosphere, and creating a safe area for pedestrians and patrons of the street’s venues, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights.

Contact: Minister Rau - Annie Williams – 0428 040 522

Quotes attributable to The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of Adelaide Martin Haese

Since the first small bar in Peel Street, Clever Little Tailor, opened in 2013, we have seen a huge change in the way that this space operates and the number of people visiting the street has risen dramatically.

It’s great to see one of our flagship laneways thriving and, with up to 68 per cent more pedestrians walking through the street on a Friday night in 2015 compared to the previous year, the closures will help us to create an even safer and more welcoming environment.

Along with initiatives such as waiving this year’s outdoor dining fees for many operators, this measure is another project that will add to the vibrancy of our city’s alfresco scene.

These positive changes to Peel Street sit comfortably alongside our Market to Riverbank laneways project that will create welcoming spaces for people and encourage further private investment in the city.

For more information

Matthew Halliwell