The state government should support Koroit's $5 million revamp, according to Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell.
She spoke about the plan, which will give central Koroit a much-needed facelift, in parliament last week.
In November, Moyne Shire councillors voted unanimously to make the project a top priority.
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.
"Koroit is about to embark on a revitalisation project which will help kickstart the town's economy as it looks to rebuild and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic," Ms Britnell said. She said the revamp would include upgraded footpaths and landscaping on high-end commercial streets, enhancement of Koroit's village green and the undergrounding of overhead powerlines.
Ms Britnell said more than 200 people offered input on the draft streetscape plan.
"The response shows just how invested the community and council are in the transformation plans for the town," she said. "The council needs $3.5 million to complete the streetscape and is currently investigating both state and federal funding streams. The project comes on the back of the opening this month of the new supermarket in Koroit, with Daly's IGA moving into the purpose-built building, creating 45 new jobs and more than doubling the store's workforce."
Ms Britnell said Daly's investment in Koroit showed a confidence in the town's future and positions the supermarket as one of the town's major employers.
"The streetscape will be one of the biggest facelifts Koroit has had in many years and will give locals and visitors a bright and vibrant central precinct to enjoy into the future. I urge the Victorian state government to support this exciting project."
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