Money for Sale CBD upgrade

THE northern end of Raymond St in Sale will be renewed and beautified as part of a $510,000 plan to revitalise the central business district, building on significant upgrades to the Sale mall.

Deputy Premier and Gippsland South MLA Peter Ryan on Thursday announced $340,000 in state funding would go towards providing the Sale community with a renewed and vibrant CBD.

Mr Ryan said the CBD revitalisation would take place on Raymond St between Cunninghame and Macarthur Sts.

“This builds on an investment of almost $1 million to upgrade the Sale mall, linking the southern end of Raymond St, near the clocktower, with the Gippsland Centre Sale,” he said.

“The additional works will consolidate Raymond St as the main thoroughfare and improve the functionality, accessibility, and appearance of the CBD.

“The improvements to paving, car parking and public spaces will beautify the streetscape, creating an attractive regional centre that will encourage residents and visitors to shop and eat at local businesses.”

Mr Ryan said the $510,000 project would include the installation of new paving, kerb and gutters; new pedestrian crossings and signs, as wells as improvements to the intersection of Raymond and Macarthur Sts.

The state government funding has been provided through the Regional Growth Fund to Wellington Shire Council, which will contribute the remaining $170, 000.

Eastern Victoria MLC Danny O’Brien said the revitalisation would improve the shopping experience for locals and encourage tourists to stop and spend money in the town.

“Sale is the gateway to east Gippsland and many exciting tourist destinations such as the Gippsland Lakes and 90 Mile Beach,” he said.

The project will be completed in April.