WELLINGTON Shire Council is finalising an agreement for the federal government to fund upgrades to the Princes Highway through Sale.
While Gippsland MHR Darren Chester announced in June the federal government would contribute $8 million to the works along Foster and York Sts, council still needed to finalise the funding agreement.
The Princes Highway upgrade, part of council’s $14 million ‘Revitalising Our Region’ package of works, includes:
Councillor Darren McCubbin said the streetscape works would revitalise roads which were often visitors’ first impressions of Sale.
“The installation of traffic lights at the intersection of York St and Cunninghame St – this is near the McDonald’s area – … has always been a bit of a concern,” he said.
“Council said they’d keep an eye on it, and the idea is that we’re now looking to install traffic lights on that and amenities through all this.
“It’s really important that our main towns have a main street that is inviting, that people then will stop and go in.
“For those people on Raymond St, that are a bit worried about this, if cars are passing through and York St’s looking really schmick, which is what it will do – and particularly the undergrounding of the overhead power lines will make a tremendous difference – then people are more likely to turn left and go down our main street, stop and spend some money.”
To support the funding announced by Mr Chester, council will need to separately fund elements of the other two Revitalising Our Region projects – for the Port of Sale and Sale Wetlands – as well as its contribution to the Princes Highway streetscape works.
Council had already allocated $4.25 million in the 2020-21 budget for the works, with $1.75 million to be spent across the following two budgets.
The Port of Sale Improvement Project will include upgrading the boat ramp, improve moorings, install a seawall, and constructing car parking, a boardwalk and pedestrian bridge.
The Sale Wetlands Project will include improved pedestrian connectivity from the Port of Sale through Lake Guthridge parklands to Sale Common, a pedestrian crossing at the South Gippsland Highway near McMillan St, a Lake Guyatt environmental education centre, Lake Guyatt boardwalk renewal, and, subject to receiving the federal grant, the next stage of the River Heritage Trail through the Sale Common.