Central Colac’s first major streetscape upgrade in decades will include new footpaths and seating, a new park, and up-lighting on trees and heritage buildings.
But Colac Otway Shire Council is adjusting stage one of the project’s plans and tendering to ensure it comes in under its $1.975-million budget.
The council will re-tender for the project, known as the CBD Revitalisation Project due to its focus on central Colac, splitting tenders into separate electrical and civil contracts, but officers are confident the project will be complete within the next financial year and within the budget which includes almost $1.5 million in state and federal funding.
Council chief Sue Wilkinson said initial tender prices were over the budget and the council “had learned from other projects” so it was reviewing which elements of the project it could fine tune without affecting the end result.
The council’s general manager infrastructure and leisure services, Tony McGann, who updated the Colac and District Chamber of Commerce on the project last night, said stage one focused on Murray Street between Queen Street and Corangamite Street and was the first significant investment in the area in at least two decades.
“It’s a fantastic project because it’s about creating an environment where people feel good to be and it’s one small way we can help local businesses who have the hard task of combatting escape expenditure,” Mr McGann said.
“There will be a fresh new footpath on both sides of Murray Street between Corangamite and Gellibrand streets and Hesse and Queen streets, and on the south side of the block between Hesse and Gellibrand streets.
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