CBD Revitalisation Project works commence

Published on 16 August 2017

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The upgrade of Colac’s central business area has begun ahead of schedule, with works crews removing garden beds at the Austral Hotel corner in the first stage of upgrading Colac’s main street.

Streetscape enhancements along Murray Street, from Corangamite Street to Queen Street will include centre median, footpaths and landscaping improvements.

Mayor Chris Potter said Council is determined to deliver the project, not only on time and on budget, but in a manner that has minimal disruption to businesses and customers in the works area.

“Our project team has committed to limiting time spent in front of any business to no more than two weeks.

“They’ve established a project site office on Murray Street and have been visiting businesses to discuss the project and keep them up-to-date on the schedule of works.

“Our approach of involving small local trades to complete the works allows flexibility to manage the project in smaller sections and adjust our delivery method based on available budget and suitable timeframes. This means better outcomes for business in the works area.

We will continue to liaise with businesses to ensure the enhancement works will have as little impact as possible on day to day trade, and we want to emphasise crews plan to work around businesses to ensure minimal disruptions.

“Customers will have access to businesses throughout the works, via specially constructed 3.5 metre ramps placed at shop fronts while footpaths are being improved,” Cr Potter said.

While the works are happening there will be a short term impact on parking capacity in Murray Street but this will be kept to a minimum.

Businesses or community members with any queries about the project can speak to project staff between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday at the shire’s site office located at 139 Murray Street next to Woods Jewellers.

The project is due for completion by December.

More information about the project is available at Council’s website at http://www.colacotway.vic.gov.au/Works-Projects/Colac-CBD-Revitalisation-Project