Shop­ping precinct up­grade pro­posal

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

North­ern Grampians Shire lead­ers have dis­cussed a plan to up­grade Stawell’s main re­tail shop­ping strip with Fed­eral Mem­ber for Mallee An­drew Broad.

North­ern Grampians mayor Tony Driscoll and chief executive Michael Bai­ley met with Mr Broad to dis­cuss plans for a large-scale up­grade of Main Street to bring it in to line with modern re­tail bench­marks.

The pro­ject rep­re­sents a ma­jor por­tion of the coun­cil’s Re­vi­talise! Pro­ject, which aims to in­ject new life into the St Ar­naud and Stawell busi­ness com­mu­ni­ties.

Other projects in­clude a full re­tail gap anal­y­sis for both Stawell and St Ar­naud, the coun­cil’s up­dated Busi­ness As­sis­tance Scheme and a newly launched in­vest­ment prospec­tus tar­geted at po­ten­tial in­vestors.

“This is a key pro­ject for our busi­ness com­mu­nity, and we’re out there ac­tively seek­ing sup­port to trans­form these plans into a re­al­ity,” Cr Driscoll said. The cost of the planned up­grade of Main Street is es­ti­mated at $1.3-mil­lion.

Cr Driscoll said he and his fel­low coun­cil­lors would pur­sue gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

“Taking a re­al­is­tic view, this pro­ject will largely be de­pen­dent upon fund­ing from ei­ther the state or fed­eral gov­ern­ments, and we’ll be out there ad­vo­cat­ing for this pro­ject to both tiers of gov­ern­ment,” he said.

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