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$4.5 million to rejuvenate Maldon’s heritage streetscape

View of road and shops in historic Maldon

Wednesday 17 June 2020

The Victorian Government recently announced a $4.5 million contribution towards rejuvenating Maldon’s historic streetscape.

The funds will go towards three main areas – putting powerlines underground, restoring shopfronts and upgrading public spaces such as footpaths, crossovers, bins and seating.

The first stage is anticipated to be the undergrounding of the power. This has been identified as important to improve the bushfire safety of the township, to improve the historic feel of the street allowing the town centre to more closely resemble its gold-rush past and to highlight the beauty of the buildings by removing the visual distraction.

“We have been planning and developing this project for more than four years in partnership with a local steering committee made up of community, business and state government representatives, so this funding announcement is a great achievement for many,” said Mayor, Christine Henderson, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“During this time we’ve collaborated to develop streetscape plans and design standards to provide a consistent approach to improving the character and function of the town, while preserving its heritage,” said Mayor Henderson.

Council is currently progressing designs to improve sections of footpath, road and drainage on High and Main streets, and will be working with Powercor to develop a plan and timeline to progress the undergrounding of the power. New bin enclosures will also be installed as a trial in the coming weeks.

“We will continue to consult and inform Maldon business owners, residents and other stakeholders to ensure disruptions are as manageable and anticipated as possible. It is a very large project for the small township, and the funding comes with timeline conditions due to the COVID-19 economic stimulus nature of the funds,” said Mayor Henderson.

“Thank you to everyone who has played a role in securing this funding for this rejuvenation of Maldon. In particular, I would like to acknowledge the support and leadership of our local member, Maree Edwards MP, to advocate for this important project as a priority for funding.

“The township is historically and architecturally significant as a remarkably intact gold-rush era town. We know that is what attracts people to live, work and visit Maldon, and this funding will help to secure this appeal for many, many years to come.”
Maldon was declared Australia’s First Notable Town in 1966 by the National Trust of Australia.

Tarrengower Ward Councillor Stephen Gardner said he is thrilled to see this project come to life.

“We are incredibly grateful to the State Government and Maree in particular for this grant as this has been a community aspiration for nearly 50 years. I am excited to make this happen,” said Cr Gardner.

“I encourage everyone to take a look at Council’s website to see the concept plans and get a sense of what we can look forward to,” he said.

The streetscape steering committee reviewed concept designs for the project earlier this year. Their input and feedback will be incorporated into the next phase of developing a schematic plan to progress the works.

To find out more and to view plans visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/MaldonStreetscapeProject. Please provide any feedback on the concept plan to Council by Friday 3 July.

Image: The project will see the further improvement and preservation of Maldon’s historic streetscape.

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