THE $4.09 million Wallan Town Heart project that is set to transform the centre of Wallan into a more connected and vibrant community hub is set to become a reality.
But before work begins Mitchell Shire Council wants to hear thoughts from residents, business people and stakeholders on what’s planned.
The project will reinvigorate the precinct by developing better connections between the existing shops and Hadfield Park, making it safer for cars and pedestrians, improving roads and car parking, and beautifying the area to make it a more inviting place to visit.
The North Central Review was given a preview of the plans that show the seven key steps planned as part of the project. The steps include a new outdoor plaza, a signalised pedestrian crossing linking the shops and Hadfield Park and a new event space and car parking near the Free Library Hall to make better use of the War Memorial area.
Peripheral improvements include new car parks near the Community Bank adventure playground, footpath, parking and road improvements to Wellington Street, safety improvements to the service road entry at Watson Street and landscaping along the Northern Highway.
The project, funded by Mitchell Shire Council ($400,000), Regional Development Victoria ($1.5 million) and the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund ($2.19 million), is expected to begin in November this year and be completed by May 2018.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said it was an exciting project that highlighted the benefits of forward planning and advocacy.