A $13.1 million Melton town centre refurbishment is a big step closer to being completed.
Stage three of the Pride of Melton project – a revamped McKenzie Street – was unveiled last week.
The McKenzie Street improvements include a new civic lawn space in front of the Melton Library and Learning Hub created for activities such as picnics and public events.
Other refurbishments include consolidated carparking, pedestrian priority footpaths, upgraded and additional lighting, more street trees and garden beds.
At the unveiling, Melton mayor Bob Turner said the town centre was becoming unrecognisable.
“It has been reinvigorated as a beautiful, safe and modern hub now the whole community can enjoy,” Cr Turner said.
Federal Victorian Senator Jane Hume said the project had many economic and social benefits.
“I know this space will provide residents and visitors alike with a bustling, dynamic and safe town centre,” Senator Hume said.
“The town centre is the focal point for social interaction within the community and these upgrades will attract visitors from the Melton region but also well beyond the region … the construction part of stage three has created 29 new jobs and there are a further 30 ongoing jobs to see the completion of the project.”
The McKenzie Street upgrades follow stages one and two, in which a taxi shelter was constructed and the Palmerston Street precinct redeveloped.
The Bakery Square and Wallace Square precincts will be the next and final areas to be rejuvenated under the town centre redevelopment.
Plans for these precincts are being finalised following a community consultation process.
The Pride of Melton project started in May, 2016, and is due to be completed by February, 2019.
It has been funded by the federal and state governments and the council.