Town heart project to restore Kilmore’s vital signs
07 November 2018
Kilmore’s town centre will undergo a major revamp if The Nationals are elected to government in November.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan today announced more than $5 million for the Kilmore Town Heart Revitalisation project.
Ms Ryan said the project was about injecting life into Kilmore’s main street, supporting local business owners and encouraging people to stay in town and shop locally.
“When I speak to people in Kilmore, I so often hear concerns about the state of the town’s main street,” Ms Ryan said.
“Kilmore has so much to offer, but many buildings in the main street are run down and lack vibrancy.
“I want to get heavy vehicles out of town by building a bypass but that’s only half of the picture. We also need to undertake a major revamp of the town’s main shopping precinct.
“The town heart project will transform Kilmore into a vibrant destination with a buzzing café and retail culture.
“It will better connect Sydney Street to the Kilmore Creek, improve access for pedestrians and cyclists and create shared spaces for the community to use.
“There are exciting things happening in Kilmore but if we want to attract further private investment and put the heart back into the town, this project is a crucial step.”
The Kilmore Town Heart Revitalisation project will include a widening of footpaths in Sydney St to develop alfresco dining. Trees will be planted and new street furniture, lighting and paving installed.
It will also create the Kilmore Creek Meeting Place – a continuous pedestrian thoroughfare through Mill Street to the Kilmore Creek. The meeting place will include a shelter, new street furniture, lighting and landscaping, bollards with power supplies to cater for audio and visual needs for social events and an electric scooter charge point.
The Kilmore Creek will be upgraded from Hudson Park to Clarke St with a shared concrete footpath, bike facilities, signage, lighting and plantings.
Ms Ryan said The Nationals will also establish the $500,000 Kilmore Restoration Scheme, a no-interest loan scheme to encourage shop owners to undertake restoration works on buildings in the main precinct.
“Council will administer a no-interest loan scheme on behalf of the state government to encourage shop owners to undertake restoration works on historic buildings or on buildings in the Kilmore revitalisation precinct,” Ms Ryan said.