WORK will begin next week on a $2.9 million project to pave Coghlans Road in a move Warrnambool City Council hopes will boost a key growth area in the city.
The 1.3-kilometre stretch of road links with Caramut Road, providing another access point to the booming residential area in northern Dennington.
Mayor Michael Neoh said government funding for the area included money to pave the road as well as provide grants of up to $20,000 for eligible prospective home-owners looking to buy in Dennington.
“It’s unique — it’s not often you get an infrastructure grant and a social policy grant (in together),” Cr Neoh said.
“But this will make it easy for people to buy a house and land package (and) this project literally paves the way to new residential areas, creating an option for the many people wanting to build their own home in Warrnambool.
“The creation of new neighbourhoods in the north of our city will help ease pressure on land and house prices, which in the past few years have been higher than those in other regional Victorian centres.”
Cr Neoh said the paving of Coghlans Road wouldn’t leave “too many gravel roads left in the city”, with work to pave Horne Road, on the city’s eastern fringe, beginning in recent months.
A section of Aberline Road, in Warrnambool’s north-east, remains unpaved.
Warrnambool-based firm Rodger Construction is undertaking the Coghlans Road work, which is expected to continue until March 2014.