Colac CBD revitalisation works to start

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COLAC Otway Shire Council expects to start on-site work on the CBD Revitalisation Project in August, with a revised approach intended to ensure the project is delivered within the budget available.

As part of the revised approach, Council decided to project manage the CBD upgrade itself and has separated out the elements of the project in order to seek quotes on smaller portions of work that smaller local businesses can quote on and deliver.

Colac Otway Shire Mayor Chris Potter said that with recent tenders coming in over budget, Council decided to reassess how to deliver the project without compromising on the key elements which will transform the CBD.

“Council is determined to deliver this project on time and on budget. We will engage various contractors to deliver elements of the works such as public lighting and associated electrical work, as well as footpath replacement," Cr Potter said.

“By Council managing the project and taking on responsibility for the provision of some equipment and materials, we’ll be able to achieve the best outcome for the community within budget.

“We encourage small local businesses that might not have been able to tender for the whole project to put themselves forward for smaller components, so we can keep this project as local as possible.

“This approach also allows us the flexibility to manage the project in smaller sections and adjust our delivery method based on available budget and suitable timeframes.

“It’s such a significant project for our shire and Council is committed to ensuring the community and particularly businesses in the upgrade area are minimally impacted and have the opportunity to be up-to-date on the schedule of works,” Cr Potter said.

Cr Potter said discussion with the community on the wider CBD and Entrances Project had been occurring since the planning for the project started in 2011.

“We intend to continue our interaction with the community until the final piece of concrete is dry," he said.

“We will be establishing a site office in Murray Street, which will give the public a one-stop shop for information on the project throughout its duration. In addition, we’ll be offering an opportunity for people to register their interest to be included on a project update database.

“Council is really excited about the transformative effects this project will have on making our CBD a more attractive place to stop, shop and socialise."

Key highlights of the project include:

  • Creation of a pocket park on part of the Telstra site delivering a beautiful entrance to the CBD
  • Complete upgrade of the centre median including exposed aggregate and installation of up lighting from Corangamite Street through to Queen Street
  • New footpaths between Corangamite Street and Queen Street
  • Smart irrigation system installation in garden beds and centre median to ensure plant and tree health all year round
  • Installation of new updated street furniture including seating, bins, bike racks etc.

The CBD revitalisation project has been funded with $975,000 from the Federal Government, $900,000 from the State Government and $75,000 from Council.

Source: A Colac Otway Shire media release