PORT Fairy’s business association is continuing an energetic campaign to line the main street with one of the town’s best products.
Bluestone from the town already paves the streets of Melbourne and Sydney, but only a small portion of it has been earmarked for the facelift of Sackville and Bank streets.
Even after discounts from supplier Bamstone, the target isn’t cheap.
It will cost nearly $300,000 to replace bitumen footpaths in the central business district as part of Moyne Shire’s Port Fairy streetscape works.
“A job like this is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” business association member Peter Bond said. “If you use bluestone it will last for generations.
“It’s everywhere in Melbourne and it’s all through Southern Cross Station.”
Mr Bond said Bamstone was also giving quotes for the product to be laid around Sydney Harbour.
“We’ve got around $100,000 in pledges towards our original target of $300,000,” he said.
“We’re trying to get another $125,000.”
Meanwhile, Mr Bond said the business association was keen to hear how traders and businesses fared over the Folk Festival weekend.
He said there was some concern from cafe and restaurant operators about access to their front doors.