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Community feedback valued on Maldon rejuvenation project

Family walking down historic street in Maldon.

Council’s Maldon rejuvenation project continues to progress following feedback from the local community about the proposed concept design.

Tuesday 21 July 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council’s Maldon rejuvenation project continues to progress following feedback from the local community about the proposed concept design.

The project recently received $4.5 million from the Victorian Government to fund three main areas – putting powerlines underground, upgrading the streetscape such as footpaths, crossovers, bins and seating and restoring shopfronts.

“Thank you to community members for taking the time to make a submission in relation to the concept design documents,” said Tarrengower Ward Councillor Stephen Gardner.

“It’s great to represent a ward which is so passionate about its heritage,” said Cr Gardner.

The key areas of feedback related to proposed pedestrian crossings, kerb and tree outstands, trees and vegetation, street furniture and street lighting.

“We have met with the Maldon Streetscape Community Steering Committee to go over the feedback and will continue to work through the ideas with them,” said Cr Gardner.

“We have agreed to establish some working groups to focus on key elements on the design before presenting options back to the committee for consideration. We will then move to the detailed design phase.

“While submissions for the concept stage of the project are now closed there will be further opportunities for the community to provide input on the detailed designs which will be drafted later this year.

“I want to reiterate that this is a community driven project. This project will take at least two years to complete so there is plenty of time to get this right,” he said.

Works to begin placing the power underground are expected to begin this year. Streetscape improvement works will start once the power is underground. This is likely to occur mid - 2021.

Planning is underway to determine the scope and timing of delivery, with further information and feedback opportunities to be provided to building owners and traders shortly.

“We will remain in contact with the Maldon community and businesses to keep people informed and to seek further feedback as the project progresses,” said Cr Gardner.

“The protection of Maldon heritage is paramount and Council will hold a forum to discuss the project with the community in coming months. In the interim, we have agreed to undertake further heritage analysis to help inform these discussions.

“The works aim to protect the significant heritage values of Maldon so that current and future generations can enjoy and appreciate our beautiful town,” he said.

Maldon was declared Australia’s First Notable Town in 1966 by the National Trust of Australia.

To find out more about this project visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/MaldonStreetscapeProject.

Image: Family walking in Maldon.

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