The $1.2 million Gateway to Sunshine transformation project is now complete, with significant improvements to the Hampshire Road and Ballarat Road northern entrance to Sunshine and the rejuvenation of MB Lynch Memorial Gardens.
The project was jointly funded by Brimbank City Council ($950,000) and the State Government’s Community Crime Prevention Program with $250,000 in funding support.
The Gateway to Sunshine project delivers great benefits for the community with enhanced activity and safety in the town centre. The works include feature lighting and planting at the Hampshire Road and Ballarat Road end, and the rejuvenation of the MB Lynch Memorial Gardens in Sunshine.
Brimbank Mayor Cr Ranka Rasic joined the Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman MP to officially open the upgraded precinct and newly transformed gardens for the community.
Brimbank Mayor, Cr Ranka Rasic is pleased to see the wonderful transformation come to life and said the project has delivered a welcoming, safe and vibrant garden and public space for the community.
“Creating spaces that are well-designed and reduce the risk of crime and anti-social behaviour are important to Council and the community. We want people to feel safe in their community, and more socially connected, and confident participating in public life.
“The MB Lynch Memorial Gardens are located at a significant entrance to Sunshine’s Hampshire Road, with remarkable history and significance that has not been forgotten in the recent upgrade.
“The gardens provide the community with opportunities to connect with Sunshine’s industrial past and heritage through its colours, materials and amenities.
“The beautifully transformed gardens offer another compelling reason to visit the ever transforming Sunshine Town Centre. I urge people living in Brimbank and across Melbourne to come and visit the area and rediscover Sunshine as Melbourne’s gateway to the west”, said Cr Rasic.
Brimbank Council will continue to upgrade open spaces in consultation with the community. The importance of parks, gardens and open spaces has become even more evident during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Gateway to Sunshine project was part of the Hampshire Road Master Plan (2014). The progressive implementation of this Master Plan has seen a transformation of Sunshine’s main street into a unique and vibrant destination, including the soon to be completed Hampshire Road Civic Green in the heart of Sunshine.