Beautification plans for York St move ahead

David Braithwaite

POWER lines will be moved underground along York St, Sale, after Wellington Shire Council awarded a contract for the works.

Council will enter into a contract with AusNet Services to remove overhead electrical power lines and poles, and place power underground to allow centre median lighting and other infrastructure works along York St.

The works are part of the York Street Revitalisation Project, which aims to upgrade the street between Macalister and Stawell Sts in several stages.

Later elements of the project will include traffic and parking improvements, kerb and path renewals, major tree planting and landscaping.

Since the development of the York Street Rejuvenation Project in 2014, council officers have been working with agencies such as VicRoads, Gippsland Water and AusNet Services and the community to progress its planning and implementation.

In preparation for the project, Gippsland Water has funded and implemented the replacement of water mains in the area during the past year.

Councillor Scott Rossetti said putting power lines underground would enable more to be done to York St.

“Driving through York St at the moment, it looks pretty tired,” he said.

“We’ve done some work down the main shopping strip, but now it’s time to move down the main thoroughfare.

“The first stage is getting those power lines underground, get rid of those power poles, which enables a whole lot of work to be done on the turning circles around those corners, and lighting down the centre as well.”

Cr Rossetti said beautifying towns helped attract people to visit or stay.

“Having the main centres of your town looking attractive reflects on what the community is like,” he said.

“I’m sure that people make decisions on where they live, work, play and raise a family based on how their centres look.”