Residents and visitors to the iconic Halls Gap will soon have a better and safer experience with upgrades to the Halls Gap Village Centre and School Road nearing completion.
Minister for Roads and Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford today joined members of the Northern Grampians Shire Council to inspect the works, as Stage One of the Halls Gap Action Plan nears completion.
Developed in consultation with the community, the Halls Gap Action Plan will ensure the Halls Gap Village Centre continues to thrive, encouraging more visitors to the town, investing in local pubs, restaurants and attractions.
The School Road Improvements will make it safer for drivers, walkers and cyclists and create three new pedestrian crossings, paving, bike paths, a retaining wall and improved drainage.
The Andrews Labor Government has invested $1 million to make the upgrades possible which will improve connectivity between Halls Gap and the rest of the Grampians region while intensifying the use of commercial land, which is expected to generate $10 million worth of private investment.
Halls Gap is the access point for the first section of the Grampians Peak Trail and acts as a gateway to the famous Trail, which is currently being extended as part of Stage Two works which will be complete later this year.
Between the Halls Gap Action Plan and the Grampians Peaks Trail, the Labor Government has invested $20 million to transform the Grampians region to maximise its natural assets, meet future tourism demand and create more jobs across the region.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford
“We’re giving Halls Gap the vibrant Village Centre it deserves and ensuring visitors and residents can stay safe while crossing the road.”
“Halls Gap is an internationally renowned tourist destination with thousands of visitors coming to the area every year and these upgrades will ensure even more tourists come to visit.”