Stawell party for new Main Street

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Letters -

North­ern Grampians Shire lead­ers have en­cour­aged Stawell com­mu­nity mem­bers to cel­e­brate a $1.35-mil­lion re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of their main street on Fri­day.

The coun­cil and Stawell­biz will host ‘Meet and greet in the new Main Street’ from 5pm to 9pm.

The project, jointly funded by fed­eral and state govern­ments, in­volved 11 weeks of con­struc­tion.

Up­grades in­clude new on-street din­ing and re­tail zones, street plant­ings, seat­ing ar­eas, new pedes­trian cross­ings, road re­con­struc­tion and more.

Fri­day’s cel­e­bra­tion in­volves a range of free ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing an out­door movie for chil­dren at 7pm, fire­works at 8.45pm, face-paint­ing, a jump­ing cas­tle, a snake from Halls Gap Zoo and a ‘Shop Lo­cal’ com­pe­ti­tion.

Live mu­sic from Stawell’s An­drew Kennedy and his band ‘No Plans’ and a wine and beer gar­den pro­vided by re­gional pro­duc­ers will be among the high­lights.

North­ern Grampians mayor Tony Driscoll said the open­ing would also cel­e­brate Stawell busi­nesses.

“Many of them are get­ting in­volved in the cel­e­bra­tions in their own way,” he said. “It’s go­ing to be a great launch for the com­pleted trans­for­ma­tion of the Stawell cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict.

“We were un­der a strict dead­line to com­plete this fan­tas­tic trans­for­ma­tion so it’s won­der­ful to see it come full cir­cle.

“It’s been a great al­liance with two tiers of gov­ern­ment in pro­vid­ing the fund­ing for this re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion project.”

Stawell­biz pres­i­dent Nigel Keat­ing con­grat­u­lated the coun­cil and the gov­ern­ment on their ef­forts to bring the project to fruition.

“It has been well re­ceived by the com­mu­nity and is a great pos­i­tive for Stawell in re­vi­tal­is­ing and rein­vig­o­rat­ing the town for both lo­cals and tourists,” he said.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to see­ing the new, vi­brant CBD and cel­e­brat­ing the com­ple­tion of the project with the com­mu­nity.”

Cr Driscoll said the up­graded cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict precinct was set to im­prove shop­ping and din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences in the area for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors alike, po­ten­tially lead­ing to new in­vest­ment and an in­crease in oc­cu­pancy rates and re­peat vis­i­ta­tion.

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