The City of Melbourne has started installing new lighting along Lygon Street to improve the atmosphere of the iconic dining destination and encourage people to support local retail and hospitality venues.
The Lord Mayor said the new lighting will be used to help activate the restaurant strip throughout the year.
“The lights can be turned red, white, green and blue. We’re looking forward to using them to celebrate events such as Christmas and other cultural festivals,” the Lord Mayor said.
Prosperous City Portfolio Chair Councillor Kevin Louey said the City of Melbourne will continue working with the local precinct association, Carlton Inc, to help activate the precinct and attract more potential customers.
“Our bricks and mortar stores need support as physical distancing restrictions are eased,” Cr Louey said.
“I encourage everyone to shop and spend locally to help our iconic precincts bounce back.”
The lighting requires a $59,000 investment and is expected to be installed by the end of July 2020.
Councillor Louey said the City of Melbourne has worked closely with local traders on the lighting design and expects it to enhance and revitalise the area.
“From Lygon Street to Chinatown and Docklands, we’re doing everything we can to encourage people to shop local.
As part of our 2020-21 draft Annual Plan and Budget, we will provide up to $75,000 in funding to recognised business associations so they can support members with local business development and precinct activations,” Cr Louey said.
The City of Melbourne is investing $18.9 million in residential and commercial rate relief and direct grants to small businesses as part of its draft budget 2020-21.