Tuesday 9 August 2011
A major upgrade of Yarram CBD’s drainage system and streetscape will be completed with the help of a $500,000 Victorian Government grant announced today by Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan.
Mr Ryan said the Yarram CBD Drainage Upgrade and Streetscape Improvement Project would contribute significantly to the economic and social revitalisation of the Yarram township.
“This project will help enhance the main CBD area of Yarram along Commercial Road and improve basic amenities in the township,” Mr Ryan said.
“This project will include the installation of underground drainage, which is a critical element required to progress the streetscaping work.
“Currently all stormwater is channelled in deep gutters along the main street towards an outfall at the southern end, meaning the street is often inundated with stormwater, limiting access to business along Commercial Road.”
Mr Ryan said the works would include installing underground drainage in Commercial Road and Bland Street to improve protection from stormwater inundation to Commercial Road properties between King and Bland streets.
“The drainage project will minimise the impact of stormwater in the area, improving access, amenity and business opportunity, ultimately contributing to the revitalisation of the Yarram CBD,” Mr Ryan said.
“The streetscape works will also include a range of CBD renewal initiatives including kerbs, street furniture, and tree replacements.
“The streetscaping works will benefit residents and businesses, building community pride, participation and cohesion, which could encourage further investment and economic activity in the town.”
Mr Ryan said the funding for the $1.5 million Yarram CBD Drainage Upgrade and Streetscape Improvement Project would come from the Victorian Government and the Wellington Shire Council.
“The Government is pleased to be working in partnership with the local community on a project that will provide a much-needed boost to the township,” Mr Ryan said.
The project is expected to start early next year and be completed by the end of 2013.
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