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Sod turned on smalltown streetscape project

Maree Edwards, Member for Bendigo West and Mary-Anne Thomas MP Member for Macedon, along with Councillor Christine Henderson and Councillor Gary McClure, Council officers, contractors and community representatives at the sod-turning in Elphinstone this morning.

On Wednesday 16 December, Mount Alexander Shire Council marked the turning of the first sod on the small town streetscape project. This project aims to improve local towns and streetscapes to support growth, visitation and liveability.

Wednesday 16 December 2020

On Wednesday 16 December, Mount Alexander Shire Council marked the turning of the first sod on the small town streetscape project. This project aims to improve local towns and streetscapes to support growth, visitation and liveability.

The ceremonial sod turning event was held in Elphinstone, and attended by Maree Edwards, Member for Bendigo West, Mary-Anne Thomas MP Member for Macedon, on behalf of Jaclyn Symes, Minister for Regional Development, along with Councillors, officers, and community representatives.

Council successfully applied for a $500,000 grant from RDV’s Regional Development Infrastructure Fund, which will contribute towards the implementation of the streetscape plans for the townships of Campbells Creek, Taradale, and Elphinstone in the 2020/2021 financial year.

Jess Howard, Director Infrastructure and Development , Mount Alexander Shire Council said it was exciting that works to improve liveability in the shire were now underway.

“Council developed the streetscape plans in conjunction with the community, with each improvement based on the wants and needs identified by the town,” said Ms Howard.

“Overall, the small town streetscape plans aim to support social cohesion, better accessibility and economic development throughout the shire, and are informed by feedback from our community.”

“The State Government funding we’ve received has put us in really good stead to progress elements of these plans over the next twelve months, enabling the plans to become a reality,” said Ms Howard.

The streetscape designs for each town were endorsed by Council in November 2018, following extensive community consultation with local residents and community organisations to develop the plans.

Key elements include trees and other plantings, traffic management measures, pedestrian safety and the creation of social spaces, with works to be spread over a number of years.

Council has completed several improvement projects as it rolls out the streetscape plans for Chewton, Guildford, Newstead, Campbells Creek, Taradale and Elphinstone.

Minor works recently undertaken include:

Chewton
- Fencing improvements at Soldiers Memorial Park and Chewton pool
- The installation of bike racks out the front of the Chewton Post Office and Chewton Pool.

Guildford
- The installation of bike racks out the front of the Guildford General Store and Guildford Hotel
- Indigenous planting alongside John Powell Reserve
- Street tree planting alongside Guildford Public Hall and John Powell Reserve
- Nature strip planting between Guildford Hotel and Guildford Post Office.

Newstead
- The installation of gates at Newstead Park
- Additional seating at Newstead Bakery and Café.

The scope of the works in Campbells Creek, Taradale, and Elphinstone will include additional street furniture, street planting, bike racks, landscaping, painting, infrastructure upgrades and signage and parking improvements.

Council allocated $248,411 in the 2019/20 budget to fund the design and delivery of improvements for all six towns.

A tender has been issued for the civil construction works in Campbells Creek, Elphinstone and Taradale, with to the intent of engaging suitably qualified contractors in January 2021, pending successful evaluation and negotiations.

Further streetscape improvement works in Newstead, Chewton and Guildford is planned in future years.

For more information about this project contact Ambriel Armstrong-Hillhouse on 5471 1851.

Image: Maree Edwards, Member for Bendigo West and Mary-Anne Thomas MP Member for Macedon, along with Councillor Christine Henderson and Councillor Gary McClure, Council officers, contractors and community representatives at the sod-turning in Elphinstone this morning.


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