IT sounds like a lot of cash to shift a garden bed, but Terang is preparing for the second stage of a town centre face-lift.
New $550,000 streetscape works aimed at encouraging passers-by to stop in will begin after extra cash came through from the state government to finish the job.
Corangamite Shire mayor Chris O’Connor said areas of bitumen near the median strip would be replaced with grass in a bid to slow down traffic by having a “calming effect.”
“It’s as much about traffic as it is about beautification,” Cr O’Connor said.
Works will be centred around the median strip, post office and police station.
Polwarth MP Terry Mulder said the state would spend $367,000 after watching the first stage boost the confidence of traders.
“I couldn’t believe the difference stage one of the revitalisation had made to the town centre,” Mr Mulder said.
“It’s given the traders a lot of confidence.
“Stage two includes removing some of the roses out of the main street and to a new garden in front of the post office.” Terang’s town centre, along with heritage-listed buildings, has aged over time.
“The town was in a real need of a face-lift,” Mr Mulder said, adding that new works wouldn’t harm the historical assets.
Cr O’Connor said tenders for the project would be decided in November with works to begin after Christmas.
Store owners are also looking at ways to improve their facades, he said.