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Work on Stage 1 of the City Centre Renweal is under way

All set for the City Centre Renewal

News Article Date: 
Friday, 20 January 2017

The construction phase of Warrnambool’s City Centre Renewal has been officially launched.

Stage I of the renewal involves work in Liebig Street between Raglan Parade and Koroit Street.

“The work will transform Liebig Street into a space that meets community expectations, a space that is vibrant, attractive, more pedestrian and cycle-friendly and accessible to all regardless of age or level of mobility,” Warrnambool Mayor Cr Kylie Gaston said.

The project will see road surfaces improved along with footpaths, pedestrian crossings and street furniture.

Public art will also be a feature of the renewed Liebig Street.

“This work will bring to life the vision for Liebig Street developed by the Warrnambool community at public workshops held in 2014,” Cr Gaston said.

“The $15 million in capital works is a once-in-a-generation project which is funded equally by Warrnambool City Council, the Victorian Government and the Australian Government.

“Council acknowledges the funding support we have received from the State and Federal governments and we look forward to the positive changes the project will deliver. 

“We’re also reminding people that their favourate city centre shops, cafes and services will remain accessible during the construction phase and we encourage all residents and visitors to keep supporting local city centre businesses.

“Considerable effort has gone into ensuring that the work is delivered in a way that minimises the impact on businesses.”

From January 28, while construction gets under way, the taxi rank on the west side of Liebig Street near the intersection with Lava Street will be relocated to Lava Street near Thomas Jewellers. 

Stage 1

Stage 1 includes the central and northern blocks of Liebig Street between Koroit Street and Raglan Parade.

Work on Stage I will be completed in October 2017.

Stage 2

Stage 2 will see the renewal of Liebig Street between Koroit and Timor streets and Koroit Street between Liebig and Kepler streets.

Work on Stage 2 will begin in February 2018 and be completed in October 2018.

The work will be sequenced in a way that will ensure that customers and traders have access to businesses during business operating hours.

In March 2016 Council formally adopted the following four principles to guide the construction of the city centre:
•    Maintain regular communications with businesses and the community throughout the project;
•    Maintain access to businesses for pedestrians during business hours;
•    Maintain, as far as practicable, traffic flow for vehicles through the construction site during business hours; and,
•    Maximise, as far as practicable, customer parking and designated loading zones for businesses during business hours.

 

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