The Andrews Labor Government will invest $2.7 million in a CBD revitalisation project in Cox Street Hamilton to improve safety for pedestrians and vehicles, and activate a new retail precinct.
Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford announced the funding towards Southern Grampians Shire’s $4.05 million project in Hamilton today.
Cox Street revitalisation is part of the Shire’s broader plans to improve amenity, access and connectivity between retail, local government services, cultural and sporting amenities throughout Hamilton.
The works will help expand the retail precinct in Cox Street to accommodate larger shops, which have struggled to find the appropriate land size in the centre of town.
It will improve the footpaths in Cox Street, install street furniture and plantings, and deliver public WiFi and smart technology to make the street more attractive to new shops and their customers.
To improve pedestrian safety, the project will build a roundabout at the intersection of Lonsdale and Cox Streets, and a roundabout and raised pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Gray and Cox Streets.
A wide median strip will be installed in Cox Street to add to the safety improvements and improve the amenity for pedestrians and shoppers.
The project aims to attract private investment from medium to large retail and hospitality businesses in the greenfield sites along Cox Street, which will provide a boost to local economy of up to $10 million.
The Cox Street project will support 20 jobs during construction and 85 new jobs once the retail precinct is up and running.
Quote attributable to Member for Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford
“These improvements to Cox Street will help create a new shopping precinct in Hamilton, suitable for larger retail and food outlets that will boost business and bring the CBD to life.”
“More businesses and a better streetscape means more jobs for locals and great news for everyone in Hamilton.”
“We’re proud to invest in Hamilton to help make it an even better place to live, work and do business.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020