27 November, 2023
Work begins on township renewal
STAGE two of Koroit’s township renewal project got underway earlier this week, with preliminary drainage works started.
Moyne Shire mayor Ian Smith said it was an exciting step forward for the project.
“The drainage works are a critical component of the next phase of works in stage two, which is the completion of the Bluestone footpath from IGA to the corner,” Cr Smith said.
“It’s great to see this work getting underway so we can then start on the footpath in late January.
“This has been on the top of our list for a long time, so it’s great to get it moving.”
Contactors have begun work on the northern side of Commercial Road, between Deta Hair and the Woolsthorpe Road intersection, which is expected to take around three weeks.
Works will start at the Woolsthorpe Road end and progressively work westwards toward Deta Hair over the three-week period.
Crews will be undertaking trenching work in parking bays, which will be closed and reopened progressively as the works move down the street.
Trenching will need to cross to the southern side of Commercial Road in three locations towards the end of the project.
One lane of Commercial Road will be closed during construction work hours, with traffic controllers in place to keep delays to a minimum.
The road will be reopened when crews are not working. Detours are not being put in place because of the short length and progressive nature of the works. Pedestrian footpath access to properties and businesses will remain open.
Cr Smith said staff from council’s project management office would work with business and property owners to keep them informed of any interruptions to access.
“We’ll also be keeping the community informed though our website and social media,” he said.
“I’d encourage anyone interested to head to www.moyne.vic.gov.au/projects and click into Koroit Township renewal for more information about the project and the next steps.”
Cr Smith said council was still waiting to hear the outcome of an application to the federal government’s Growing Regions Fund.
He said if that application was successful, it would allow for bluestone footpaths, street furniture and trees on both sides of Commercial Road and for footpath, parking and road works in High Street.
“We are completing the footpath on the north side of Commercial Road based on community feedback,” he said.
“We hope to hear about the application soon so we can continue with work and complete all of Commercial Road between High Street and the Commercial Hotel and in High Street from Commercial Road to the caravan park.”
If the application is not successful, council will explore options for the next steps.