City of Victor Harbor elected members supported the progress of the detailed design and documentation for Stage 2 of the Mainstreet Precinct Master Plan and the consultation engagement phase will start.
The council completed the first of seven stages in 2016 with the intersection of Ocean and Coral streets transformed.
Details on the timing and cost of the works for Stage 2 of the Mainstreet Precinct upgrade will depend on the result of the tender process and the successful contractor. However, council is working to a May 2019 start date.
The approximate cost for Stage 2 is expected to be $1.6 million, with 50 per cent funding through the State Government’s Places for People grant program.
City of Victor Harbor mayor Graham Philp said the first stage of the Mainstreet Precinct Upgrade was a great success.
“It refreshed the heart of the town centre. It has given us a picture of what is in store for the remainder for the Precinct, and there is a genuine sentiment from the community for council to get on with the next stage,” he said.
Stage 2 of the upgrade links to Stage 1, extending from the northern entrance to Ocean Street to the end of Stage 1.
Similar to the intersection upgrade, Stage 2 will involve new paving, feature lighting, garden beds, street furniture, landscaping, public art and drainage.
At the council meeting in June, elected members supported Stage 2 for 2019, although councillor Bob Marshall said “it was a waste of money”.
“The upgrade can be done better and cheaper,” he said.
Councillor Peter Charles said it was important for council to do something with the entrance point of Ocean Street.
“I do respect Cr Marshall, but we have done the intersection in the middle of the main street, so it is crucial we follow up with the entrance. It looks yesterday. I do worry about the impact works will have on businesses at the northern end of Ocean Street,” Cr Charles said.
Councillor Moira Jenkins said Stage 2 will “energise business and landlords in the Mainstreet Precinct”.
“We have the design and we now need to let investors and tourists know we are open. Stage 2 will show that council is doing something and doing what they can for the mainstreet,” she said.
Council is yet to undertake the tender process to engage a company to deliver the works.
Documentation is currently being prepared to commence this process, with an aim to engage a contractor by the end of the year.
“Further details of Stage 2 construction works will be provided to the community and key stakeholders as the project progresses,” Mr Philp said.
“At the moment our primary focus is to engage with Mainstreet Traders and get the documentation ready for the construction tender process,” he said.
Stage 2 of the Victor Harbor Mainstreet Precinct Upgrade is budgeted to commence in 2018/19, with 50 per cent grant funding from the State Government’s Places for People grant program.