Foster’s main shopping strip is now a more attractive place to stop, shop and socialise with the completion of the $1.67 million upgrade to Main Street officially celebrated today.
Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford today inspected the finished works, which have been completed with a $500,000 grant from the Andrews Labor Government’s Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund.
The streetscape has been upgraded with new footpaths, landscaping, street furniture including seats and benches as well as improved parking and underground drainage.
Road treatments have been installed to slow down traffic and a new pedestrian crossing has been built, making the shopping strip safer and more inviting for people on foot.
The design was developed in consultation with the Foster Community Association and Foster Chamber of Commerce, with input on landscaping and street furniture from the broader community.
The increased street appeal will assist business growth, improve the visitor experience, and stimulate economic activity. Through increased retail and market value, the project is expected to create 40 jobs over the next 20 years.
Foster is also a gateway town that services activity within the Wilsons Promontory region and the improved main street will encourage tourists to stop and shop in town.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford
“The improvements to Main Street will encourage locals and visitors to spend time in the town’s shopping precinct, which will benefit local traders and the wider community.”
“This is something the entire community of Foster can celebrate. A revitalised streetscape is good for local shoppers and visitors alike.”
“We’re proudly investing in projects right across the state that make regional Victoria a better place to live, work and do business.”