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New Design For Horsham Intersection Unveiled

A new intersection design was unveiled today to ease congestion and boost road safety along the Western Highway at Horsham in regional Victoria. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the new design for the McPherson Street and O’Callaghans Parade intersection would significantly increase safety for all road users and improve the links between local primary producers and major trade markets. “The Western Highway is one of Victoria’s busiest freight and travel routes, and the new intersection design will improve traffic flow along this key corridor, which is a fantastic outcome for motorists, local producers and freight operators,” Mr McCormack said. Victorian Minister for Ports, Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said the design which converts the existing roundabout to an intersection would reduce the risk of collisions. “The upgraded intersection will make it safer for the more than 26,000 drivers using the roundabout every day, and new dedicated through-lanes will ease congestion for all road users travelling along the Western Highway,” Mr Donnellan said. Federal Member for Mallee Andrew Broad said the improved intersection would deliver a range of improvements to keep traffic flowing smoothly, including eliminating the current need for north and south-bound traffic to give way to other drivers. “Adelaide-bound drivers will also no longer need to cross lanes within the roundabout to exit and the right-hand turn from the Western Highway onto O’Callaghans Parade will be removed, which will deliver a safer and smoother path through this busy intersection,” Mr Broad said. Victorian Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford said cyclists were also set to benefit from the redesigned intersection. “Additional signage for shared paths, new access points for cyclists and wider shared paths on traffic islands to ensure greater separation between cyclists and vehicles will make this intersection much easier and safer for cyclists,” Ms Pulford said. The design was produced in consultation with the Horsham Rural City Council, local residents, business owners and the Council’s Cycling Advisory Group. Work on the project will start in spring and is expected to be completed in December, weather permitting. The project is jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian Governments and is part of the $20 million Western Highway – Stawell to the South Australian Border Upgrade. For more information on the O’Callaghans Parade intersection, visit https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/planning-and-projects/regional-road-projects/ocallaghans-parade-roundabout

New Design For Horsham Intersection Unveiled

A new intersection design was unveiled today to ease congestion and boost road safety along the Western Highway at Horsham in regional Victoria. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the new design for the McPherson Street and O’Callaghans Parade intersection would significantly increase safety for all road users and improve the links between local primary producers and major trade markets. “The Western Highway is one of Victoria’s busiest freight and travel routes, and the new intersection design will improve traffic flow along this key corridor, which is a fantastic outcome for motorists, local producers and freight operators,” Mr McCormack said. Victorian Minister for Ports, Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said the design which converts the existing roundabout to an intersection would reduce the risk of collisions. “The upgraded intersection will make it safer for the more than 26,000 drivers using the roundabout every day, and new dedicated through-lanes will ease congestion for all road users travelling along the Western Highway,” Mr Donnellan said. Federal Member for Mallee Andrew Broad said the improved intersection would deliver a range of improvements to keep traffic flowing smoothly, including eliminating the current need for north and south-bound traffic to give way to other drivers. “Adelaide-bound drivers will also no longer need to cross lanes within the roundabout to exit and the right-hand turn from the Western Highway onto O’Callaghans Parade will be removed, which will deliver a safer and smoother path through this busy intersection,” Mr Broad said. Victorian Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford said cyclists were also set to benefit from the redesigned intersection. “Additional signage for shared paths, new access points for cyclists and wider shared paths on traffic islands to ensure greater separation between cyclists and vehicles will make this intersection much easier and safer for cyclists,” Ms Pulford said. The design was produced in consultation with the Horsham Rural City Council, local residents, business owners and the Council’s Cycling Advisory Group. Work on the project will start in spring and is expected to be completed in December, weather permitting. The project is jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian Governments and is part of the $20 million Western Highway – Stawell to the South Australian Border Upgrade. For more information on the O’Callaghans Parade intersection, visit https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/planning-and-projects/regional-road-projects/ocallaghans-parade-roundabout

Wheels In Motion For Ballarat Cycling Connections

Works are set to begin on a new off-road path along the northern edge of Victoria Park later this month, as the Andrews Labor Government continues to deliver safer cycling connections for Ballarat. The 500 metre path will run parallel to Sturt Street between Russell and Gillies streets, and connect missing links in Ballarat’s cycling network. There’ll be wider curbs, traffic islands and pedestrian crossings to make crossing the road easier and safer, and raised crossings will be constructed to calm traffic in local streets Construction of the upgrades will be shared between VicRoads and the City of Ballarat. Discussions are also continuing between VicRoads and a range of other stakeholders to reach an outcome which meets the expectations of the wider Ballarat community in relation to cycling facilities in the city’s centre. These upgrades across Ballarat are part of the Towards Zero Action Plan funded by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and are being delivered by VicRoads and the City of Ballarat. Towards Zero aims to ensure no one is seriously injured or killed on Victorian roads. The Victoria Park off-road path will begin in late July and is expected to take up to four weeks to complete. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan “It’s exciting to see works beginning on a project which will have benefits for the whole Ballarat community.” “By improving both safety and infrastructure for cyclists, we’re encouraging more people to adopt an active form of transport and lead healthier lifestyles.”

Wheels In Motion For Ballarat Cycling Connections

Works are set to begin on a new off-road path along the northern edge of Victoria Park later this month, as the Andrews Labor Government continues to deliver safer cycling connections for Ballarat. The 500 metre path will run parallel to Sturt Street between Russell and Gillies streets, and connect missing links in Ballarat’s cycling network. There’ll be wider curbs, traffic islands and pedestrian crossings to make crossing the road easier and safer, and raised crossings will be constructed to calm traffic in local streets Construction of the upgrades will be shared between VicRoads and the City of Ballarat. Discussions are also continuing between VicRoads and a range of other stakeholders to reach an outcome which meets the expectations of the wider Ballarat community in relation to cycling facilities in the city’s centre. These upgrades across Ballarat are part of the Towards Zero Action Plan funded by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and are being delivered by VicRoads and the City of Ballarat. Towards Zero aims to ensure no one is seriously injured or killed on Victorian roads. The Victoria Park off-road path will begin in late July and is expected to take up to four weeks to complete. Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan “It’s exciting to see works beginning on a project which will have benefits for the whole Ballarat community.” “By improving both safety and infrastructure for cyclists, we’re encouraging more people to adopt an active form of transport and lead healthier lifestyles.”

Connecting People To Jobs In Ararat And Stawell

The Andrews Labor Government is backing a new project that will address local industry and employment needs in Ararat, Stawell and the surrounding region. Treasurer Tim Pallas visited AME Systems in Ararat today to announce $228,000 from the Regional Skills Fund to establish an Industry Skills Coordinator, which will link job seekers to industry, and help connect them to necessary education and training. The project will also identify priorities for workforce development in and around Ararat and Stawell, and help find training solutions to local issues, align training provision to industry needs, assist industry to navigate the training system, and grow the educational aspirations of community members. The project is championed by the Central Highlands Regional Partnership in response to priority issues raised by local communities. It has been developed by a steering group comprised of a wide cross section of community and industry group leaders that will continue to guide the project. The steering group includes representatives from Central Grampians Local Learning Employment Network, Stawell Neighbourhood House, Grampians Community Health, East Grampians Health Service, Ararat Regional Business Association, StawellBiz and two local major manufacturers – AME Systems and Gason. The Regional Skills Fund is a place-based program driven by industry, in partnership with the tertiary sector, to build local capacity and create job pathways. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “The new skills coordinator will be a link between people looking for a job, trainers, formal education, and employers.” “We’ve listened to the community about what was needed in Stawell and Ararat and we are proud to help deliver this important skills project for these communities.” Quote attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney “Skills and training are vital for our local communities and economies, and a skilled workforce is what’s needed to support jobs and keep our regional communities strong.”

Connecting People To Jobs In Ararat And Stawell

The Andrews Labor Government is backing a new project that will address local industry and employment needs in Ararat, Stawell and the surrounding region. Treasurer Tim Pallas visited AME Systems in Ararat today to announce $228,000 from the Regional Skills Fund to establish an Industry Skills Coordinator, which will link job seekers to industry, and help connect them to necessary education and training. The project will also identify priorities for workforce development in and around Ararat and Stawell, and help find training solutions to local issues, align training provision to industry needs, assist industry to navigate the training system, and grow the educational aspirations of community members. The project is championed by the Central Highlands Regional Partnership in response to priority issues raised by local communities. It has been developed by a steering group comprised of a wide cross section of community and industry group leaders that will continue to guide the project. The steering group includes representatives from Central Grampians Local Learning Employment Network, Stawell Neighbourhood House, Grampians Community Health, East Grampians Health Service, Ararat Regional Business Association, StawellBiz and two local major manufacturers – AME Systems and Gason. The Regional Skills Fund is a place-based program driven by industry, in partnership with the tertiary sector, to build local capacity and create job pathways. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “The new skills coordinator will be a link between people looking for a job, trainers, formal education, and employers.” “We’ve listened to the community about what was needed in Stawell and Ararat and we are proud to help deliver this important skills project for these communities.” Quote attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney “Skills and training are vital for our local communities and economies, and a skilled workforce is what’s needed to support jobs and keep our regional communities strong.”

New Home For Ballarat Buses On Track

The Andrews Labor Government is a step closer to delivering a better home for Ballarat buses, releasing the design of the new bus interchange at Ballarat Station. Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today unveiled the design for the interchange which will bring local buses closer to the station, make it easier for passengers to access the precinct and make it safer to change between transport services. The project will take buses off local streets with 12 new bus bays within the Ballarat Station precinct, while improving comfort and safety for passengers with pedestrian crossings, CCTV, lighting, shelters and seating. The reference design is the result of extensive consultation with expert engineers and architects, transport stakeholders and most importantly, the Ballarat community. In response to community feedback, an additional pedestrian crossing has been added to improve connection to the station building, and the shelters now include wind breakers to better protect passengers from weather. New signage and landscaping works will also help people get where they need to go around the precinct. The reference design will be used to gain heritage and planning approvals, ensuring the design complements the unique heritage values of the station building. The Labor Government is getting on with delivering a major transport program for Ballarat including $32 million for the Ballarat Station Precinct Redevelopment, investing in new bus shelters across Ballarat and planning to upgrade Wendouree Station. Ballarat passengers will also benefit from the $557 million Ballarat Line Upgrade, which will deliver more frequent and reliable services for Ballarat and Melbourne’s growing west. For more information about the design and to see the community feedback report visit victrack.com.au. Quote attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “The new bus interchange will mean better access to transport services and quieter local roads, making it easier for people to get where they need to go.” Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “We’re building the transport facilities Ballarat needs to support our growing community – this new bus interchange will make a big difference for local residents.” Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “The Andrews Government is making huge investments into transport infrastructure across Ballarat. These important projects will also boost jobs in our city.” Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard “We’re revitalising Ballarat Station to deliver a leading transport interchange and activity centre for those travelling to our city and beyond.”

New Home For Ballarat Buses On Track

The Andrews Labor Government is a step closer to delivering a better home for Ballarat buses, releasing the design of the new bus interchange at Ballarat Station. Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today unveiled the design for the interchange which will bring local buses closer to the station, make it easier for passengers to access the precinct and make it safer to change between transport services. The project will take buses off local streets with 12 new bus bays within the Ballarat Station precinct, while improving comfort and safety for passengers with pedestrian crossings, CCTV, lighting, shelters and seating. The reference design is the result of extensive consultation with expert engineers and architects, transport stakeholders and most importantly, the Ballarat community. In response to community feedback, an additional pedestrian crossing has been added to improve connection to the station building, and the shelters now include wind breakers to better protect passengers from weather. New signage and landscaping works will also help people get where they need to go around the precinct. The reference design will be used to gain heritage and planning approvals, ensuring the design complements the unique heritage values of the station building. The Labor Government is getting on with delivering a major transport program for Ballarat including $32 million for the Ballarat Station Precinct Redevelopment, investing in new bus shelters across Ballarat and planning to upgrade Wendouree Station. Ballarat passengers will also benefit from the $557 million Ballarat Line Upgrade, which will deliver more frequent and reliable services for Ballarat and Melbourne’s growing west. For more information about the design and to see the community feedback report visit victrack.com.au. Quote attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “The new bus interchange will mean better access to transport services and quieter local roads, making it easier for people to get where they need to go.” Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “We’re building the transport facilities Ballarat needs to support our growing community – this new bus interchange will make a big difference for local residents.” Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “The Andrews Government is making huge investments into transport infrastructure across Ballarat. These important projects will also boost jobs in our city.” Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard “We’re revitalising Ballarat Station to deliver a leading transport interchange and activity centre for those travelling to our city and beyond.”

 

Paving The Way For A New Hamilton Streetscape

The Andrews Labor Government will invest $2.7 million in a CBD revitalisation project in Cox Street Hamilton to improve safety for pedestrians and vehicles, and activate a new retail precinct. Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford announced the funding towards Southern Grampians Shire’s $4.05 million project in Hamilton today. Cox Street revitalisation is part of the Shire’s broader plans to improve amenity, access and connectivity between retail, local government services, cultural and sporting amenities throughout Hamilton. The works will help expand the retail precinct in Cox Street to accommodate larger shops, which have struggled to find the appropriate land size in the centre of town. It will improve the footpaths in Cox Street, install street furniture and plantings, and deliver public WiFi and smart technology to make the street more attractive to new shops and their customers. To improve pedestrian safety, the project will build a roundabout at the intersection of Lonsdale and Cox Streets, and a roundabout and raised pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Gray and Cox Streets. A wide median strip will be installed in Cox Street to add to the safety improvements and improve the amenity for pedestrians and shoppers. The project aims to attract private investment from medium to large retail and hospitality businesses in the greenfield sites along Cox Street, which will provide a boost to local economy of up to $10 million. The Cox Street project will support 20 jobs during construction and 85 new jobs once the retail precinct is up and running. Quote attributable to Member for Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “These improvements to Cox Street will help create a new shopping precinct in Hamilton, suitable for larger retail and food outlets that will boost business and bring the CBD to life.” “More businesses and a better streetscape means more jobs for locals and great news for everyone in Hamilton.” “We’re proud to invest in Hamilton to help make it an even better place to live, work and do business.”

Paving The Way For A New Hamilton Streetscape

The Andrews Labor Government will invest $2.7 million in a CBD revitalisation project in Cox Street Hamilton to improve safety for pedestrians and vehicles, and activate a new retail precinct. Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford announced the funding towards Southern Grampians Shire’s $4.05 million project in Hamilton today. Cox Street revitalisation is part of the Shire’s broader plans to improve amenity, access and connectivity between retail, local government services, cultural and sporting amenities throughout Hamilton. The works will help expand the retail precinct in Cox Street to accommodate larger shops, which have struggled to find the appropriate land size in the centre of town. It will improve the footpaths in Cox Street, install street furniture and plantings, and deliver public WiFi and smart technology to make the street more attractive to new shops and their customers. To improve pedestrian safety, the project will build a roundabout at the intersection of Lonsdale and Cox Streets, and a roundabout and raised pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Gray and Cox Streets. A wide median strip will be installed in Cox Street to add to the safety improvements and improve the amenity for pedestrians and shoppers. The project aims to attract private investment from medium to large retail and hospitality businesses in the greenfield sites along Cox Street, which will provide a boost to local economy of up to $10 million. The Cox Street project will support 20 jobs during construction and 85 new jobs once the retail precinct is up and running. Quote attributable to Member for Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “These improvements to Cox Street will help create a new shopping precinct in Hamilton, suitable for larger retail and food outlets that will boost business and bring the CBD to life.” “More businesses and a better streetscape means more jobs for locals and great news for everyone in Hamilton.” “We’re proud to invest in Hamilton to help make it an even better place to live, work and do business.”

Training For Tourism Businesses To Meet Chinese Demand

Warrnambool’s tourism business operators are set to benefit from a new training program that will help capitalise on the growing number of Chinese tourists by giving businesses the right skills to meet market demand. In southwest Victoria today, Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford announced a grant of $150,000 from the Andrews Labor Government’s Regional Skills Fund for Warrnambool City Council to deliver the project with a range of local partners. Warrnambool and the Great South Coast has experienced a significant increase in the number of Chinese tourists over the past five years. For local tourism providers to make the most of the influx of tourists, they need an understanding of key market drivers, communication channels and cultural expectations. The training program includes a workshop series that will provide regional tourism business operators with the tools, knowledge and key contacts needed to succeed. The workshops will cover topics such as: Understanding the tourist demographics The cultural expectations required to be a good host e-Commerce and marketing Souvenirs and other take home experiences. The second stage of the project will extend the training to the tourism workforce and provide job ready participants for the sector. The training programs will be created by Asialink Business, which will be tailored to the region and specific to the industry needs. The aim of the project is for the region to have a network of China-ready businesses that are capable and confident in catering to the Chinese tourist market, supported by an upskilled workforce. The Labor Government’s Regional Skills Fund is a targeted, place-based regional skills grants program driven by industry in partnership with the tertiary sector, working to build local capacity and resilience, and support jobs creation. Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “With the right training, Warrnambool and Great South Coast tourism businesses will be better placed to benefit from the growing number of Chinese visitors coming to this beautiful part of Victoria.” “From the spectacular Great Ocean Road to the charming Port Fairy and historical and cultural centre at Tower Hill, there is something for everyone to experience in our Great South Coast.” Quote attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney “Skills and training are vital for our local communities and economies, and a skilled workforce is what’s needed to support jobs and keep our regional communities strong.”

Training For Tourism Businesses To Meet Chinese Demand

Warrnambool’s tourism business operators are set to benefit from a new training program that will help capitalise on the growing number of Chinese tourists by giving businesses the right skills to meet market demand. In southwest Victoria today, Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford announced a grant of $150,000 from the Andrews Labor Government’s Regional Skills Fund for Warrnambool City Council to deliver the project with a range of local partners. Warrnambool and the Great South Coast has experienced a significant increase in the number of Chinese tourists over the past five years. For local tourism providers to make the most of the influx of tourists, they need an understanding of key market drivers, communication channels and cultural expectations. The training program includes a workshop series that will provide regional tourism business operators with the tools, knowledge and key contacts needed to succeed. The workshops will cover topics such as: Understanding the tourist demographics The cultural expectations required to be a good host e-Commerce and marketing Souvenirs and other take home experiences. The second stage of the project will extend the training to the tourism workforce and provide job ready participants for the sector. The training programs will be created by Asialink Business, which will be tailored to the region and specific to the industry needs. The aim of the project is for the region to have a network of China-ready businesses that are capable and confident in catering to the Chinese tourist market, supported by an upskilled workforce. The Labor Government’s Regional Skills Fund is a targeted, place-based regional skills grants program driven by industry in partnership with the tertiary sector, working to build local capacity and resilience, and support jobs creation. Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “With the right training, Warrnambool and Great South Coast tourism businesses will be better placed to benefit from the growing number of Chinese visitors coming to this beautiful part of Victoria.” “From the spectacular Great Ocean Road to the charming Port Fairy and historical and cultural centre at Tower Hill, there is something for everyone to experience in our Great South Coast.” Quote attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney “Skills and training are vital for our local communities and economies, and a skilled workforce is what’s needed to support jobs and keep our regional communities strong.”

Wonwondah Wind Farm To Power Western Victoria

A new 40 MW wind farm in Western Victoria that will power more than 25,000 households as part of the ongoing renewable energy jobs boom in Western Victoria has been given the crucial sign-off. Minister for Planning Richard Wynne today announced the approval of a thirteen-turbine facility near Wonwondah North. The wind farm will be developed by NewEn with the 235-metre high turbines producing enough energy to power around 25,000 householders every year. This site has been chosen because it receives undisturbed wind flow with strong, consistent wind speeds near the existing electrical grid. Thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Renewable Energy Target, Victoria is expected to see an estimated $9 billion of investment and around 11,000 jobs created over the life of the scheme. This project is another step in helping Victoria achieve its renewable energy target of 25 per cent renewable energy production by 2020 and 40 per cent by 2025. The Rifle Butts WEF Project is expected to create 120 jobs during construction. The project will also create up to four full time positions throughout operation of the facility. Construction is anticipated to commence in early 2019. Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne “This new wind farm is another important step forward in creating a more sustainable future for regional Victoria, powering 25,000 homes and creating 120 construction jobs along the way.” “In stark contrast to the Coalition who tried to smash the wind industry, we’re supporting the renewables sector to create local jobs and deliver affordable clean energy for hard working families.” Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment & Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “This is another great project that will deliver a boost for renewable energy in Western Victoria, and support even more jobs in the booming clean energy sector – all jobs that would be put at risk if the Coalition had their way.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “This is another win for Western Victoria, a win for local jobs and a win for the environment. Unlike the Coalition who tried to shut down the renewables industry, we’re supporting it to power our regional areas and create jobs.”

Wonwondah Wind Farm To Power Western Victoria

A new 40 MW wind farm in Western Victoria that will power more than 25,000 households as part of the ongoing renewable energy jobs boom in Western Victoria has been given the crucial sign-off. Minister for Planning Richard Wynne today announced the approval of a thirteen-turbine facility near Wonwondah North. The wind farm will be developed by NewEn with the 235-metre high turbines producing enough energy to power around 25,000 householders every year. This site has been chosen because it receives undisturbed wind flow with strong, consistent wind speeds near the existing electrical grid. Thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Renewable Energy Target, Victoria is expected to see an estimated $9 billion of investment and around 11,000 jobs created over the life of the scheme. This project is another step in helping Victoria achieve its renewable energy target of 25 per cent renewable energy production by 2020 and 40 per cent by 2025. The Rifle Butts WEF Project is expected to create 120 jobs during construction. The project will also create up to four full time positions throughout operation of the facility. Construction is anticipated to commence in early 2019. Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne “This new wind farm is another important step forward in creating a more sustainable future for regional Victoria, powering 25,000 homes and creating 120 construction jobs along the way.” “In stark contrast to the Coalition who tried to smash the wind industry, we’re supporting the renewables sector to create local jobs and deliver affordable clean energy for hard working families.” Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment & Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “This is another great project that will deliver a boost for renewable energy in Western Victoria, and support even more jobs in the booming clean energy sector – all jobs that would be put at risk if the Coalition had their way.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “This is another win for Western Victoria, a win for local jobs and a win for the environment. Unlike the Coalition who tried to shut down the renewables industry, we’re supporting it to power our regional areas and create jobs.”

Revitalising Stawell’s Central Business District

The Andrews Labor Government is backing a major revitalisation of Stawell’s Central Business District. Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford today announced a $550,000 Labor Government grant towards the project, which will boost economic activity and business opportunities by increasing accessibility and attracting more visitors to Stawell. The CBD revitalisation project will open opportunities in Stawell for private and commercial investments, and encourage existing businesses to expand, grow and stay in Stawell. The project will improve pedestrian accessibility, safety and the visitor experience – reinvigorating the retail heart of Stawell and complementing the Labor Government’s investment in the Grampians Peaks Trail. The revitalisation will include construction of new on-street dining and retail zones, footpaths and pedestrian crossings to improve access to businesses in Bayliss Street, as well as street plantings and wayfinding signage. On Main Street between Patrick Street and Victoria Place the existing concrete road will be removed an reconstructed, and the concrete pavement will be ripped up and replaced by a brick pavement to improve on street dining and retail capacity outside shop fronts. New pedestrian crossings will also be built between Patrick Street and Victoria Place, drainage pits will be improved, and new street plantings, seating areas and wayfinding signage will be installed. On the lower end of Main Street, between St George and Wimmera Streets, the road will be resealed and lanes narrowed – slowing of traffic and boost safety. Footpaths will be widened to improve on street dining and retail, four new car parking spaces will be created and new landscaping will be carried out. The total project value is $1.35 million, with $800,000 provided through the Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund. Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “This project will revitalise the heart of Stawell – boosting economic activity, attracting visitors and boosting local jobs.” “More jobs mean wages for locals and more money that can be spent in local businesses – the flow on effect in the Stawell community will be significant, and we look forward to seeing this transformation.”

Revitalising Stawell’s Central Business District

The Andrews Labor Government is backing a major revitalisation of Stawell’s Central Business District. Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford today announced a $550,000 Labor Government grant towards the project, which will boost economic activity and business opportunities by increasing accessibility and attracting more visitors to Stawell. The CBD revitalisation project will open opportunities in Stawell for private and commercial investments, and encourage existing businesses to expand, grow and stay in Stawell. The project will improve pedestrian accessibility, safety and the visitor experience – reinvigorating the retail heart of Stawell and complementing the Labor Government’s investment in the Grampians Peaks Trail. The revitalisation will include construction of new on-street dining and retail zones, footpaths and pedestrian crossings to improve access to businesses in Bayliss Street, as well as street plantings and wayfinding signage. On Main Street between Patrick Street and Victoria Place the existing concrete road will be removed an reconstructed, and the concrete pavement will be ripped up and replaced by a brick pavement to improve on street dining and retail capacity outside shop fronts. New pedestrian crossings will also be built between Patrick Street and Victoria Place, drainage pits will be improved, and new street plantings, seating areas and wayfinding signage will be installed. On the lower end of Main Street, between St George and Wimmera Streets, the road will be resealed and lanes narrowed – slowing of traffic and boost safety. Footpaths will be widened to improve on street dining and retail, four new car parking spaces will be created and new landscaping will be carried out. The total project value is $1.35 million, with $800,000 provided through the Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund. Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “This project will revitalise the heart of Stawell – boosting economic activity, attracting visitors and boosting local jobs.” “More jobs mean wages for locals and more money that can be spent in local businesses – the flow on effect in the Stawell community will be significant, and we look forward to seeing this transformation.”