The plan to give central Koroit a much-needed facelift has received a boost, with Moyne Shire making it a "priority project" for the council.
Councillors voted unanimously at the most recent shire meeting to put the project at the top of the pile, meaning council will advocate for state and federal funding to complete the redevelopment.
There were over 200 responses from the Koroit community to the draft streetscape plan, signalling strong support for the project.
The $5 million revamp, which includes footpath and landscaping works along Commercial and High streets, the undergrounding of overhead powerlines, and enhancement of Koroit's village green, has only had $1.3 million of its funding approved by council, leaving a $3.66 million shortfall.
Councillor Karen Foster, who heads the committee overseeing the project, said the priority status would hopefully accelerate new government funding.
"This is a really exciting project that's been a long time in the making... I'm sure all my colleagues here would like to fund this project in it's entirety, we can't just yet but it's significant that this has escalated to the status of a priority project," she said.
"It's Koroit's turn and it's Koroit's time."
Cr Damian Gleeson said it was important for the Koroit community to keep doing its bit to seek funding.
"Council's job is to advocate to find another $3.5 million to get the project complete, but I'd really encourage the community of Koroit to kickstart their campaign... so they can really have ownership of it," he said.
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