Greenery plans doubt as council votes on Port Fairy trees

SACKVILLE Street in Port Fairy may not be looking greener any time soon with plans to line the street with trees now in doubt.

Moyne Shire councillors will tonight vote on two designs for a revitalised town centre -- one with trees and one without.

Council has budgeted $300,000 for the project but still needs a $500,000 commitment from the state government next year to carry out works, which include new lights and improved street furniture.

Under both plans put forward, the roads in the town centre will be strengthened while footpaths will be partially rebuilt using bluestone.

But a backlash from businesses along Sackville Street concerned over loss of parking and leaf litter could see the trees scrapped.

There is also some opposition towards building a pedestrian crossing in the centre of the street outside Belfast Bakery and Rocksalt, which has also been removed from a second plan. The changes would have seen car parking on the street reduced by eight spaces.

Moyne Shire physical services director Trev Greenberger said it was up to council members to tick off a plan, which would be sent to the government.

"The two plans will be presented to council tonight and the (successful) application will go to the state government in February," Mr Greenberger said.

"If we get a positive funding decision in February we plan to start works after the Easter holidays." Mr Greenberger said no street works would be done over the summer holidays or the Folk Festival. The Port Fairy streetscape committee, which is made up of both traders and council members has spent years developing a vision for the town centre.

Mr Greenberger said council had been pleased with the overwhelming amount of public feedback submitted.

Suggestions of a median strip through Sackville Street have been left out of both plans.

s.mccomish@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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