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Cr Neoh and Premier Napthine in Gilles St.

Gilles St in line for renewal

News Article Date: 
Monday, 17 November 2014

Gilles Street will be the next focus of the Warrnambool City Centre Renewal following the announcement of funding by Premier Denis Napthine.

The Victorian Government has committed $500,000 towards Gilles St renewal comprising $200,000 for a new taxi rank and $300,000 for a street upgrade.

This funding complements an allocation by Warrnambool City Council (WCC) of $350,000 towards new public amenities and landscaping.

“The Warrnambool city centre supports a huge range of industries in the city and surrounds, as well as a thriving education and entertainment sector,” Dr Napthine said.

“The streetscape improvements, including landscaping and the installation of street furniture will create an attractive gateway to encourage residents and visitors to shop and eat at local businesses in the city centre.”

Warrnambool Mayor Cr Michael Neoh said the busy post office service, presence of TAFE and the proximity of the entertainment precinct, railway station and Lake Pertobe made Gilles St a key part of the city centre.

“The combined funding gives us a great opportunity to rethink and redesign the way Gilles St works.

“With $850,000 means we can plan and implement this upgrade.’’

WCC Manager City Renewal Tanya Egan said on-ground work would start in mid-2015.

“This is an exciting stage of the renewal process,” Ms Egan said.

“We’ll be undertaking consultation with Gilles St stakeholders in the near future.”

For more information on the city centre renewal go to www.cbd.warrnambool.vic.gov.au

 

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