Have your final say on the Kinglake Streetscape Renewal Project

Published on 29 July 2020

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Murrindindi Shire Council, together with Tomkinson Group Pty Ltd, has been busy working on the detailed design for the Kinglake Streetscape Renewal Project. We’re excited to announce that it is now available for the community to provide final feedback.

Last year, we had over 60 local residents and business-owners share their thoughts with Council about this Project and the proposed design. This feedback, together with targeted discussions with Kinglake traders, adjoining landholders, emergency services and Regional Roads Victoria has informed the detailed design.

Kinglake Ward Councillor, Leigh Dunscombe said he’s confident the Project will revitalise Kinglake’s town centre by providing key safety upgrades and enhancing the overall visual appeal of the town.

‘A renewed streetscape in Kinglake will enhance the sense of community that is already alive and well in the Kinglake Ranges. Not only do we want to foster a feeling of connectedness in the community, we also want residents and businesses to feel a sense of pride for their town. And once COVID-19 restrictions ease, we want visitors to be thrilled they chose to visit Kinglake!

‘We understand the community is eager for the Project to get underway – so are we. As you may know, we’ve already completed Phase one of the Project – the upgrade and sealing of Aitkin Crescent, which was completed earlier this month. The upgrades included construction of kerb and channel, pavement, asphalting, stormwater drains and footpaths.

‘We had hoped to bring the detailed design to the community sooner, but it took longer than expected to incorporate all the great new ideas we received. However, we are still on track to commence construction in summer’, Cr Dunscombe added.

‘The detailed design includes retention of angle parking, keeping parking bays at each of the key areas in town as well as improvements in safety to existing intersections. We want the town centre to be well-connected, so we’ve proposed new and upgraded foot paths for pedestrians and to improve access to shops, parks and communal spaces. Kinglake is a beautiful place to live and we really want to highlight our natural surrounds by establishing new gardens, landscaping existing spaces and planting more trees. It’s also important to us and the community that the town centre retains its country feel, so we want to use materials that reflect the natural environment.

‘We’re making the design available for viewing on our website, and at the Kinglake Library and Customer Service Centre. Residents of Kinglake and Kinglake Central should receive a letter in the mail in the coming days, if you haven’t already. We invite community members to provide feedback on the design. What we’re really after are suggestions for small ‘tweaks’ to the final design, because we aren’t able to make any major changes at this stage of the project.

‘If you’d like to provide feedback and learn more about the detailed design, you might also like to join our online community consultation session at 7.00 pm on Thursday 6 August. During the session, we’ll discuss the design in further detail and hope to answer any burning questions you might have. These types of virtual sessions are very useful to us and it’s so easy to participate!

‘After we gather final feedback from the community, we’d like to commence works as quickly as possible. We hope to have a contractor appointed to the Project prior to Christmas and commence works during summer, next year.

‘Of course, none of this would be possible without support from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund and Regional Development Victoria, which have each contributed $750,000 to supplement Council’s $249,000 investment in this $1.749 million Project. We are very grateful for their vision and commitment to the future of Kinglake,’ Cr Dunscombe added.

To view the detailed design and provide your final feedback, please visit our website at here or phone Council on 5772 0333. If you want to participate in our online community consultation session, you must register in advance on our website. Feedback is open from 29 July – 26 August 2020.

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