CAMPERDOWN’S main street will be given a $500,000 facelift.
Corangamite Shire’s draft budget, adopted on Tuesday night, includes $250,000 to refresh Manifold Street, but the project will depend on a further $250,000 state government funding.
The street was last rejuvenated in 1992 and councillor Ruth Gstrein said it was beginning to look tired and needed a “refresh”.
“This is a renewal, rather than a remake,” she said.
“It will be about looking at what we have already got and asking what we can do to improve it.
“The avenue of elms is what makes our streetscape. The framework is there, it just needs a bit of a refresh: things like new street furniture, up-lighting of trees and pavement works.”
Cr Gstrein said the works didn’t mean the controversial elm tree management plan was being revived.
“I want to make it perfectly clear that these works will have nothing to do with the trees in the avenue,” she said.
“This isn’t a way to bring the elm tree management plan back on the agenda. It is 100 per cent off the table.”
Cr Gstrein said a consultant would be appointed in the next month to start working on a plan and then there would be public and stakeholder consultation. Mayor Chris O’Connor said he was confident of receiving state government funding for the project and for other projects around the shire that were dependent on grant funding.
“I’ll be talking with the local member Terry Mulder to push our case, especially since the recent state budget was fairly light-on in this area,” Cr O’Connor said.
The draft budget also includes $50,000 for the Port Campbell streetscape design.
The draft budget is on public exhibition for comment and residents are invited to have their say. Submissions close on June 10.