$3.37 million Sydney Street rejuvenation

A $3.37 million rejuvenation of Sydney Street in Kilmore is getting closer with Mitchell Shire Council unveiling streetscape plans for Clarke Street to Bourke Street this week.

The designs celebrate Kilmore’s historic past and will breathe fresh life into the main street with colourful street trees, pedestrian islands, upgraded heritage style streetlights, light pole promotional banners, improved disabled parking, heritage style street furniture, bluestone pavement, historic stories and a new heritage colour scheme.

Council has also commissioned heritage inspired designs for new town entry signs, Sydney Street precinct entry signs and iconic motifs that can be used by Council and traders for promotional campaigns.

The existing Robinia street trees between Bourke and Union streets will be replaced with 17 colourful deciduous trees – Tupelo Black Forums and Jerilderie Reds.

The area between Clarke and Union streets will be transformed with 69 new trees – Tupelo Black Forum, Urbanite Ash, Jerilderie Red and Crepe Myrtle.

Improvements will be made to disabled parking including a slight relocation and upgrade of existing spaces plus one new space.

Bus users and pedestrians will be better supported with two new bus stops and pedestrian islands to make crossing the road easier and safer. The works will require the removal of 7 on-street car parks for two new bus stops and the removal of 27 on-street car parks for the pedestrian islands and for the new trees.

To make it easier for people to find nearby parking, the project will also see improved signage and access to the 250+ off-street parks and on-street parking in surrounding areas, most of which have spaces available at peak times.

An online drop-in session with more detailed plans will be held:

  • Wednesday 28 July from 12pm to 12.45pm. Please register here if you plan to attend.

Subject to COVID restrictions lifting, in-person drop-in sessions will be held:

  • Saturday 31 July from 9am to 12pm
  • Thursday 5 August from 4pm to 7pm.

There will also be an information display at the Kilmore Customer and Library Service Centre during business hours from 28 July to 6 August.

Community members are being asked to help choose the heritage colour scheme, sign designs, banners and historic stories as part of the rejuvenation project.

Head to Engaging Mitchell website to view the plans, the latest information about drop-ins and to provide input on the heritage colours, stories and signs.

The $3.37 million rejuvenation is funded by the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund ($2.423 million), Regional Infrastructure Fund ($500,000) and Mitchell Shire Council ($445,173).

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