City of Greater Geelong Council has unveiled streetscape upgrades in the popular coastal town of St Leonards, including the installation of new lighting, paving, seating and 900 plants.
The $720,000 upgrade to St Leonards’ town centre was a multi-year project for the Council.
“These improvements will offer a safer and more enjoyable experience for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers whether they live in St Leonards or visit for holidays,” said Mayor, Trent Sullivan.
The City of Greater Geelong contributed $650,000 towards the project, with the Victorian Government committing $100,000 towards new ‘wombat’ crossings in Blanche Street and Murradoc Road, and Federal Government committing $70,000 towards CCTV infrastructure.
The project includes:
- 900 plants
- 10 trees
- 1000 lights in trees
- Three CCTV cameras
- One smartpole
- New seating
- Pedestrian crossings
- 300 metres of new electrical cabling and communication systems
- 800 square metres of new pedestrian pavements and drainage works.
An artwork – a pelican sculpture – by visual artist Martin Moore has also been installed on Murradoc Road.
Committed to environmentally-conscious practice in his art, Mr Moore cast the work in recycled aluminium using a sand casting process, which lowers the carbon footprint of production and uses less power than other foundry casting metals such as bronze or steel.