St Arnaud is celebrating a range of upgrades to help drive economic activity and support a greater range of community activities in the drought-impacted town.
Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Major Events and Regional Victoria, Danielle Green today toured the town’s revitalised CBD and officially opened the St Arnaud Civic Precinct Renewal project, which features significant renovations to the historic St Arnaud Town Hall.
The project involved retrofitting a number of spaces in the Town Hall and creating a multi-functional building where residents and businesses can catch-up, hold meetings and host activities for the community.
The St Arnaud Civic Precinct Project complements the recently completed St Arnaud Streetscape Renewal Project, which has delivered a crossing on Napier Street and improvements to footpaths, parking, drainage, disability access and landscaping.
The project aims to generate an increase in retail activity in St Arnaud by improving access to local traders and providing more attractive public spaces for locals and visitors to catch-up, shop and relax in.
In addition to creating five full-time jobs during construction, the project is set to generate three ongoing full-time jobs.
Both projects were identified as high priority by the local community which has been severely affected by drought in recent years.
The Andrews Labor Government has supported both projects and held ongoing consultations with the Northern Grampians Shire Council, who have also worked with local residents and business owners to drive the projects forward.
Through the Labor Government’s $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, the Government is fast-tracking infrastructure projects like the St Arnaud Streetscape Renewal project to create jobs and drive much needed economic growth throughout Victoria’s drought-affected communities.
Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Major Events and Regional Victoria, Danielle Green
“We’re proud to support the community of St Arnaud by investing in vital infrastructure upgrades that will drive visitation to the region, boost the local economy and provide more public spaces for local and visitors to enjoy.”
“The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund is targeting the right community infrastructure projects in the areas that need them most.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020