MORTLAKE’S Streetscape project has moved a step closer to completion thanks to a $300,000 grant from the State Government.
The funding will go towards Stage 2 of the project, with the Moyne Shire Council and Origin Energy both supporting the concept with $50,000 each, and the State Government giving $3 for every $1 raised by the community.
Council completed the first stage of the Mortlake Streetscape works in Officer Street in 2011/12, which included new and upgraded pathway linkages, outstands to improve pedestrian access between key activity nodes, new parking, street furniture, landscaping and tree protection and underground power lines.
Stage 2 will be completed on Dunlop Street between Officer and Webster streets.
Among the upgrades for Stage 2 are street furniture improvements, improved traffic safety, low maintenance and drought tolerant plants for gardens and green spaces, and pedestrian links between buildings and public spaces.
The project is set to create eight local jobs during construction and at least one full time position after its completion.
State treasurer Tim Pallas made the funding announcement during a visit to the town last Wednesday, with the project receiving the investment from the State Government’s Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund.
Moyne Shire mayor Colin Ryan, councillor Kelvin Goodall and Mortlake Community Development Committee representative Cassie Ellis joined Mr Pallas for the announcement of the funding in front of a small gathering of people in the main street.
The streetscape is part of a unified plan that will see improvements made to the Mortlake Library, Visitor Information Centre and D.C. Farran Oval in order to improve the liveability of the town for residents.
Mr Pallas said he was pleased the State Government was able to assist the Moyne Shire Council with funding.
“This important project for Mortlake will improve the potential for new and existing local businesses to grow and prosper, and create a beautiful, modern public space for the entire community to enjoy and share,” he said.
Cr Goodall said the grant went a long way towards funding the project.
“The grant by the State Government is most welcome by the shire and Mortlake community, as the project will provide a much needed revitalisation to Mortlake’s centre,” he said.