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Federal Government's $5 million pledge for City Centre Renewal

News Article Date: 
Monday, 7 December 2015

Warrnambool City Council’s City Centre Renewal project will receive $5 million from the Federal Government.  

The Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan, advised the Council the funding would be made available under the Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund.

“This funding will support the construction of key infrastructure to revitalise Warrnambool's City centre, delivering a shared public community space incorporating activity nodes, commercial retail development and improved function and safety through modern, universally accessible design,” Mr Tehan said. 

“This will include major streetscape upgrades and commercial retail development to improve access, incorporate interesting spaces for activities and foster a sense of environment that reflects Warrnambool’s status as a modern, diverse and innovative regional centre.

“The revitalisation of the city centre will reinforce the important role Warrnambool plays as a regional centre and these works will be a great boost for tourism and employment.”

Council Chief Executive Officer Bruce Anson said it was an exciting announcement for Warrnambool.

“It will enable the Council together with local business to invest with confidence. Council has been working with the local community in developing a renewal plan for the CBD,” Mr Anson said. 

“This will enable this exciting project to become reality.”

“I would like to thank the Federal Government and in particular local member Dan Tehan for his support for the Warrnambool City Centre revitalisation project.  Not only will this project enhance the city centre, it will create employment and investment opportunities."

The National Stronger Regions Fund provides local community projects with between $20,000 and $10 million, covering up to 50 per cent of the project cost. 

The fund encourages partnerships between project proponents and the private sector, local and state governments.

The fund has been designed to strengthen communities and deliver economic growth within Australia’s regions.

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

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