Streetscapes have been upgraded in the popular coastal town of St Leonards, including the installation of new lighting, paving, seating and hundreds of plants.
The $720,000 upgrade to St Leonards’ town centre is a multi-year project that will make St Leonards a more attractive place for locals and visitors.
The City of Greater Geelong contributed $650,000 towards the project, with the Victorian Government committing $100,000 towards new ‘wombat’ crossings in Blanche Street and Murradoc Road, and Federal Government committing $70,000 towards CCTV.
The project has delivered improvements to the central retail area, Murradoc Road, Bluff Avenue and The Esplanade as well as improved connections to the foreshore.
The project includes:
- 900 plants
- 10 trees
- 1000 lights in trees
- Three CCTV cameras
- One smartpole
- New seating
- Pedestrian crossings
- 300 metres of new electrical cabling and communication systems
- 800 square metres of new pedestrian pavements and drainage works.
An artwork by visual artist Martin Moore has been installed on Murradoc Road. The work, Pelican, is twice the life-size of the sea bird.
Committed to environmentally-conscious practice, Moore cast the work in recycled aluminium using a sand casting process, which lowers the carbon footprint of production and uses less power than other foundry casting metals such as bronze or steel.
Mayor Trent Sullivan
These improvements will offer a safer and more enjoyable experience for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers whether they live in St Leonards or visit for holidays.
Federal Member for Corangamite, Libby Coker
St Leonards is such an amazing part of the Bellarine, these investments are so important to this town as it continues to grow and attract strong visitor numbers.
Member for The Bellarine, Alison Marchant
The new wombat crossings have boosted safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists in St Leonards, helping to get local road users home safely at the end of every day. Road safety is a priority so we’ll keep investing in the things we know will improve safety on our roads.
Bellarine Ward Councillor Jim Mason
St Leonards is a beautiful place and will be even more attractive with the addition of hundreds of plants, lighting and seating. The upgrade will cater to residents as well as the growing number of guests exploring The Bellarine.
Bellarine Ward Councillor Stephanie Asher
The St Leonards community is really passionate about their village so it’s fantastic to see this upgrade delivered for the town.