Thursday, May 30, 2024

Streetscape to celebrate Kilmore history

A $3.37 million rejuvenation of Sydney Street in Kilmore is getting closer with Mitchell Shire Council unveiling streetscape plans for Clarke Street to Bourke Street this week.

Council says the designs celebrate Kilmore’s historic past and will breathe fresh life into the main street with colourful street trees, pedestrian islands, upgraded heritage style streetlights, light pole promotional banners, improved disabled parking, heritage style street furniture, bluestone pavement, historic stories and a new heritage colour scheme.

Council has also commissioned heritage inspired designs for new town entry signs, Sydney Street precinct entry signs and iconic motifs that can be used by Council and traders for promotional campaigns.

The existing Robinia street trees between Bourke and Union streets will be replaced with 17 colourful deciduous trees – Tupelo Black Forums and Jerilderie Reds.

The area between Clarke and Union streets will be transformed with 69 new trees – Tupelo Black Forum, Urbanite Ash, Jerilderie Red and Crepe Myrtle.

Improvements will also be made to disabled parking including a slight relocation and upgrade of existing spaces plus one new space.

Bus users and pedestrians will be better supported with two new bus stops and pedestrian islands to make crossing the road easier and safer. The works will require the removal of 7 on-street car parks for two new bus stops and the removal of 27 on-street car parks for the pedestrian islands and for the new trees.

Community members are being asked to help choose the heritage colour scheme, sign designs, banners and historic stories as part of the rejuvenation project.

The $3.37 million rejuvenation is funded by the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund ($2.423 million), Regional Infrastructure Fund ($500,000) and Mitchell Shire Council ($445,173).

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