Monday, January 24, 2022

Buninyong streetcape project set to begin

Works on Buninyong’s streetscape project is set to begin on January 17, Victoria’s City of Ballarat Council has announced today.

The project is being co-funded with $651,000 from the City of Ballarat’s 2021/22 Capital Works Program, $100,000 from Bendigo Bank’s Buninyong branch, $300,000 from the State Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund and $28,000 to upgrade the existing bus stop from Public Transport Victoria. 

Key features of the streetscape upgrades at Warrenheip St (east side) between Eyre Street and Forest Street include: 

  • Improved graded access;
  • Increased parking angle bays;
  • Large central node for activation and outdoor dining;
  • New landscaping works including paving, gardens and entry stonewalls;
  • Installation of street furniture;
  • Installation of vines and trellis gardens;
  • Tree removal and replacement.

The project has been designed by local consultants and tendered successfully to Ballarat-based firm, Enoch Civil Pty Ltd for construction, which will commence following the conclusion of the Road National Championships. 

South Ward Councillor, Ben Taylor said Council had liaised with a stakeholder group made up of local members for more than a year, as well as undertaken broader consultation through mySay and township posters. 

“This is a significant project for Buninyong that will improve pedestrian safety and greatly assist anyone using local businesses throughout the township,” Cr Taylor said. 

“I want to acknowledge the work of the Buninyong Bendigo Bank, Buninyong Business Association and the Buninyong and District Community Association in supporting this project and providing a strong benefit to the community. 

“Buninyong is a growing, vibrant community that needs renewed infrastructure such as this. 

“Council’s delivery team will be working with the contractors to try and minimise disturbance during the six to eight weeks of construction.” 

Council has advised that six trees will be removed as part of the project. All have been assessed by both arboriculturists at the City of Ballarat as having poor structural form due to being heavily pruned over many years for power line clearance. 

They are also lifting the footpath in several areas creating trip hazards and are generally approaching the end of their lifecycle, Council said in a statement.

One of the key objectives of the streetscape works is to reduce the steep crossfall of the roadway and nature strip to improve pedestrian access and safety. This requires excavation and alteration of the existing ground to achieve flatter finished levels, it said.

“It is not considered technically possible to make these changes without significantly impacting further upon the structural rootzones and health and safety of the existing trees.”

English Oak trees have been selected as the predominant replacement tree species to match the established Oaks in Warrenheip St to the south. 

Council says seven new trees will be planted, ensuring a balance between trees and carparking capacity. 

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