Councillors give the green light on Kerang CBD plans

Published on 22 December 2016

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The upgrade of the retail ‘heart’ of the Kerang CBD is ready to proceed to construction phase following Council’s adoption of the final plans.

Mayor Cr Brian Gibson says the community feedback on the Kerang CBD redevelopment has been very encouraging with many passionate people in the community who want to ensure that the town reflects their views, history and values.

"The Kerang CBD upgrade provides a unique and exciting opportunity to not only improve the aesthetic appeal of Victoria Street and Victoria Square but also to enhance the functionality of this key area," Mayor Gibson said.

"The upgrade will improve pedestrian safety, activate the space and encourage both local residents and tourists to engage with the area and potentially spend more time in the Kerang CBD."

The works are being completed thanks to $500,000 funding received from the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources with Council contributing towards the cost of the $750,000 project.

In response to community concerns of not enough shade, Council’s Director Infrastructure and Development Geoff Rollinson said Council will incorporate permanent fittings in pavers and/or seating.

"By allowing for shade structures or umbrellas to be installed and removed as required, it will allow the area to be adapted seasonally which we hope will make the area a welcome place for people to seek a rest place during or after their shopping experience," Mr Rollinson explained.

Following the approval of the plans, detailed designs are expected to be completed by March 2017 with construction likely to begin in April 2017.

For more information please contact Council on (03) 5450 9333.

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