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Update on Maldon Streetscape Revitalisation Project

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The long-awaited project to place powerlines underground in Maldon’s CBD in nearing completion.

Friday 18 June 2021

Mount Alexander Shire Council is excited to announce the long-awaited project to place powerlines underground in Maldon’s CBD in nearing completion.

Powercor has been leading these works on behalf of Council, and it is expected the underground of powerlines along sections of High, Main, Fountain, Francis, Templeton and Dolphin and Spring streets will be complete by the end of June.

“The plan to place powerlines underground in Maldon has been a long-held dream for many residents in the town,” said Tarrangower Ward Councillor, Stephen Gardner.

“We’re nearing the end of this phase of the project, and I’d like to thank residents, business, visitors and building owners for their patience and support over recent months,” he said.

Council and Powercor have coordinated the project in stages to minimise impacts on residents and businesses, with the final works taking place on Tuesday 22 June, Wednesday 23 June, and Wednesday 30 June.

To complete the removal of the overhead powerlines and powerlines, Powercor is anticipating it will require a short power outage on the afternoon of Tuesday 22 June.
This brief power outage is expected to affect a small number of properties in the Maldon CBD.

Works undertaken on Wednesday 23 June and Wednesday 30 June will result in some road, lane and footpath closures in the town whilst works are underway.

Powercor program lead Tim Hughan thanked residents and businesses for their assistance throughout this phase of the project.

“I want to thank the Maldon community for its support and cooperation as we’ve progressed these works over recent months,” he said.

As part of this stage, temporary solar-powered street lights will be installed at a number of intersections located around Maldon’s CBD. These are temporary, and will be removed and replaced by permanent bespoke streetlights.

The project to place powerlines underground is one component of the Maldon Streetscape Revitalisation Project.

Other initiatives include a shopfront restoration program to protect and revitalise streets, and upgrades to public spaces – such as footpaths, crossovers, bins and seating.

As part of the Maldon Streetscape Revitalisation Project, Council has installed a pedestrian crossing point in Main Street, Maldon and is looking for community feedback on the kerb and landscaping materials used.

The pedestrian crossing is trialling four different kerb materials and a variety of landscaping design options.

“The kerb outstands have certainly drawn a lot of feedback from the community, which is pleasing to see,” said Cr Gardner.

“There are four different treatments to choose from, noting that the materials selected for each of the prototypes are subtle, and sympathetic to the much-loved heritage landscape of the area.”

In 2018, Council in conjunction with the local community, developed the Maldon Streetscape Design Standards, which contemplated two pedestrian crossing locations in Main Street, and one pedestrian crossing on High Street. Following a review of pedestrian crossing habits in the town, the location was rationalised to one site, where the crossing is now situated.

“The Maldon Streetscapes Design Standards highlighted the community’s desire for a pedestrian crossing in the town that reduced the crossing distance, and improved safety,” said Cr Gardner.

“The prototypes we are trialling fulfil both of those wishes - narrowing the intersection through the created kerb extensions, and creating a traffic calming measure which will increase safety.”

Submissions regarding the materials at the pedestrian crossing point will close at 5.00pm on Friday 25 June.

Feedback forms can be collected from Maldon Quality Butchers and the Maldon Newsagency during business hours. Completed feedback forms can be placed in the collection boxes located at those two sites.

Online feedback forms are available at www.shape.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/Maldon-crossing.

Community input on the preferred materials at the pedestrian crossing point will be incorporated into the final design, which is anticipated to be prepared in July.

“There will be more opportunities for the community to have their say on the final design, but right now we’re really focused on getting the materials right.”

Work is also underway on the next step in the Maldon Streetscape Revitalisation Project – the establishment of a Shopfront Improvement Program.

The program aims to encourage reinvestment in buildings in the town that may otherwise deteriorate.

Under the program, the project will match funds spent by building owners on eligible improvements to their properties/businesses. The Shopfront Improvement Program is expected to begin in August 2021.

The Maldon Streetscape Revitalisation Project received $4.5 million funding from the State Government through its Crisis Committee of Cabinet – Infrastructure Stimulus Fund.

Council is delivering the project in partnership with the community.

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