Tender awarded for Rosedale street works

THE tender for the Rosedale streetscape project has been officially awarded to Fowlers Asphalting, after Wellington Shire Council gave the go-ahead earlier this month.

About $900,000 will be spent on rejuvenating the main shopping area on the north and south sides of Prince St, between Lyons St and the west side of Hood St.

The works involve the removal and replacement of kerb and channel, concrete footpaths, minor drainage modifications and associated works, including new disabled parking bays and disabled access to bus stops.

The streetscape work forms part of the $1.5 million Rosedale revitalisation project, which includes $1 million from the federal government to revitalise the township and upgrade the Willow Park campground.

Wellington Shire mayor Carolyn Crossley said a more attractive main street would be “uplifting” and promote a more active commercial centre, hopefully encouraging new business and newcomers to the area.

She said council was also working closely with VicRoads, which was planning an upgrade to the Princes Highway roundabout.

Gippsland MHR Darren Chester said Rosedale was ideally-placed to capitalise on increased tourist numbers in Gippsland.

“We want to encourage visitors to stop and enjoy everything Rosedale has to offer,” he said.

“People who stay overnight at Willow Park spend money in the town, which supports local jobs.”

Works are due to begin in October, and will take about four months to complete.

In addition to the $1.5 million Rosedale Revitalisation project, the federal government has allocated an additional $1 million to upgrade the Princes Highway roundabout in Rosedale under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.