30 June, 2023
Trader feedback sought
KOROIT traders are being encouraged to offer feedback to Moyne Shire council on the next steps for the township renewal project.
Following a meeting with representatives of the Koroit District Progress Association, council officers are seeking broader feedback from traders and residents on Commercial Road and High Street.
Mayor Karen Foster said there were two options on the table.
“Option one is to use the $1 million allocated to the project to complete the bluestone footpath on the north side of Commercial Road, between the IGA and the Woolsthorpe Road intersection. That work could begin in November this year,” she said.
“At the same time a further $1.5m would be allocated to enable council to apply to the federal government’s Growing Region’s Fund for matched dollar-for-dollar funding.
“If the funding application was successful, we would then spend $3 million to complete the footpath on the south side of Commercial Road between Micky Bourkes and the theatre as well as works in High Street as far as the bowls club.”
Cr Foster said option two involved using the allocated $1 million as well as a further $1.5 million allocation to apply for matched funding which, if successful, would deliver a $5 million project.
“Under this option bluestone footpaths would be completed on both sides of Commercial Road from the Village Green through to the Woolsthorpe intersection and works would be completed on High Street to the bowls club,” she said.
“Under this proposal work could begin around the middle of 2024. If the funding application wasn’t successful, we would then reassess the funding available and begin works. In the meantime we would complete maintenance repair works to the existing footpaths.”
Cr Foster said this was a significant project and council was now seeking feedback in the immediate area to ensure their views were captured in the decision-making process.
“We’ve sent letters to traders, residents and building owners in the immediate project area seeking their feedback on their preference between the two options. Once we have that feedback, we will take the next steps,” Cr Foster said.