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Update on project to restore Maldon’s streetscape

Historic Maldon

Monday 28 August 2017

A local steering committee representing the Maldon community, Victorian Government and Mount Alexander Shire Council has identified underground power, improvements to public areas and restoration of shopfronts as the priorities for renewal in Maldon.

The location for these works is within the area along High Street (from Tobin Street to Francis Street intersections) to Main Street (up to the Templeton Street intersection).

“The project is progressing well and we hope to have a streetscape design plan to take to the community within the coming months,” said David Leathem, Manager Economy and Culture, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“The plan will include design elements like paving, lighting and street furniture to guide conservation of Maldon’s town centre,” said Mr Leathem.

Design element ideas are based on feedback from a community meeting held in June.

“We’ll be holding a listening post in October to give the community the opportunity to have a say on the approach to renewing the area,” said Mr Leathem.

“Along with historical significance, the heritage streetscapes of Maldon have incredible appeal for locals and visitors, so it’s vital that we get this work right,” he said.

Council is working with Powercor to better understand the costs and process for placing power underground. Business owners and tenants will be consulted once further details are available.

The restoration of shopfronts is the third component of the project and the committee is researching successful shopfront improvement projects delivered in similar towns. Ideas may include grant programs, cooperative purchasing models and interest-free loans.

“Again, we will work with building owners, tenants and Maldon Inc. to develop this program and approach,” said Mr Leathem.

The project is a partnership between Council, Victorian Government and Maldon community. As such, there is an expectation that all three partners will contribute financially to the project. The total project costs and level of funding contributions will be clearer once the details of the three project components are agreed upon.

For more information contact David Leathem, Manager Economy and Culture, on 5471 1729 or d.leathem@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Photo caption: Maldon’s historic streets are set for renewal through the Maldon Streetscape Restoration Project.

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