The Gin Gin streetscape project has been a visitor honey pot according to local tourism ambassadors and they can’t wait for stage two to get under way.
Divisional representative Cr Wayne Honor said stage one of the Gin Gin streetscape project had delivered an exciting modernisation of the median strip area while still retaining the historic and heritage aspects that are an inherent part of Gin Gin’s character.
“Stage two is now on the drawing board with the design contract awarded to Wood & Grieve Engineers. The design work is 50 per cent completed,” he said.
“This next stage of work will take in the area between Milden and Dear Streets.
“Once the design is fully completed Council will seek tenders for construction, possibly in early November. We anticipate having a contract in place prior to the end of this year.
“Currently, and with weather conditions permitting, it is expected stage two will be completed by the end of June 2020.”
Cr Honor said the new work would also include new stormwater drainage in Dear Street from Mulgrave to Elliott Streets.
Visitor Information Centre staff members Marie Robinson and Kim Koplick said the stage one streetscape project was very popular with visitors and grey nomads were especially complimentary.
“It just makes Gin Gin a great location to stop and rest. One minor impairment reported by people with RV’s and caravans is the lack of available parking in the main street area.
“Often these parks, which are targeted towards RVs and caravans, are occupied by smaller sedans and unfortunately some of these appear to belong to locals working in main street businesses,” said Kim.
Cr Honor said extensive community consultation was initially undertaken over the whole of the streetscape design involving stages one and two prior to work commencing on stage one.
“As we move towards construction of stage two there will be further consultation with any affected business owners,” he said.
“Reconfigurations will be required for Apex Park and the play equipment area and we will need to consult regarding the rose gardens which have a special significance to our community.
“It is also pleasing to note that the proposed Community Hub development is also proceeding along the design path. There are some genuine advantages with these projects being designed basically in tandem.
“It will allow the streetscape and Community Hub to achieve a connectivity through the design stage that may not have been evident if the designs had been done in isolation.
“I am looking forward to these projects getting under way and to completing this redesign which I believe will add much to our community lifestyle as well as providing a welcoming facility for highway travellers.”
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