Port Fairy Streetscape committee ready for stage three

Port Fairy Streetscape committee member Nick Abbott at the announcement of state funding in May. Picture: Christine Ansorge
Port Fairy Streetscape committee member Nick Abbott at the announcement of state funding in May. Picture: Christine Ansorge

THE arrival of spring is set to mark the resumption of work on the Port Fairy streetscape project.

Moyne Shire Council is planning the works to begin once winter has passed with September or early October the target date.

This is aimed at minimising disruption during the peak tourism summer season.

The works will be stage three of the streetscape project and will focus on Bank Street.

They will include new bluestone kerbing and footpaths, the reconstruction of the road from Princes to Barclay streets and new street furniture.

Previous stages included the redevelopment of Fiddler’s Green and Sackville Street between Bank and Cox streets.

Council will be considering tenders at its July meeting in Mortlake. 

The budget for stage three is $850,000, with state government committing $500,000 and council $300,000.

The remaining $50,000 will come from a community contribution.

The Port Fairy Streetscape committee will drive the push to successfully fundraise to reach that target.

The streetscape committee is chaired by Cr Jordan Lockett and includes community members Ralph Leutton, Ken Brookes, Nick Abbott, Fiona Hampson, Clare Atkins and Martin Sullivan.  

Mr Abbott said the committee has met and has begun planning.

“We are just starting to mobilise and form our plan as to what we are going to do,” Mr Abbott said.

“For the last stage we sold pavers on the street with the names of individuals and businesses who contributed on them.

“We will most likely go down that path again.

“We will approach some of the bigger bodies that provide funding in the town, but first we will be out and about in the community and gathering support to show this is something the community supports.

“We are confident people will get behind it.”