VICTOR HARBOR – It is no secret the City of Victor Harbor is undertaking a major upgrade of its Mainstreet Precinct with the successful completion of stage one in August, 2016.
Stage one included the rejuvenation at the intersection of Ocean and Coral streets at a cost of nearly one million dollars.
Now council and traders in Ocean Street are preparing for stage two, which will be an upgrade of Ocean Street, north and south of the Ocean and Coral street intersection.
The tender process to select the construction company is currently underway. This process will inform whether the works can be delivered in possibly May to August this year and there will be no confirmation on a start date until after the council meeting this month.
City of Victor Harbor Mainstreet co-ordinator Tiffany Bennett said council will share more information with affected traders when it becomes available.
“We thank all traders for their patience and understand that advance notice is essential for the running of all businesses,” Ms Bennett said.
“While some traders are experiencing slower trade, it is important to remember that retail sectors all over the country are going through challenging times and we must strive to maintain the unique experience that the Victor Harbor Mainstreet Precinct offers to visitors and the local community.
“If we all want to increase the number of shoppers to the street, it is important that traders come together to share their ideas and commit to promoting all main street activities.”
City of Victor Harbor deputy mayor Nick Hayles said the Mainstreet Precinct is a unique destination point in Victor Harbor.
“We have historic buildings and traders that all offer diverse services. Stage two is proposed to replicate the success of stage one and council understands the disruption to traders by the works and plans to minimise this impact as much as possible,” Cr Hayles said.
Ms Bennett said the popular Easter Hunt in the Mainstreet Precinct will be held on Saturday, April 15.
“The 2017 Easter Hunt will be open to 400 children to take part. A small change to the event will be that families must pre-register their children online and on the day all registered children will be able to collect their hunting bag and map from the marquee on Warland Reserve between 10am and 11.30am,” Ms Bennett said.