An early works beautification program in Ballarat’s Little Bridge Street will deliver a more vibrant gateway into the Bridge Mall.
The series of works, made possible through the support of the Safer Communities Program (Department of Justice), will complement overall improvements as part of Council’s $15 million Bakery Hill Urban Renewal Plan.
The works will see major changes to Little Bridge Street and the surrounding Bus Interchange, including upgraded seating, improved pedestrian access, fencing, garden beds and tree plantings to bring a fresh, bold and vibrant aesthetic to the location.
Much of the existing bus stop hardstand area will be demolished, new kerbs and pavements installed along with bluestone banding and drainage.
The early improvements are in direct response to feedback from traders and shoppers.
“This section of Little Bridge Street is a high priority for change, and this project will deliver immediate improvements,” Central Ward Councillor, Mark Harris said.
It’s also hoped a temporary art initiative supported as part of the Victorian government funding program, can be unveiled at the Little Bridge Street Bus Exchange once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
“We know that improving the look of our neighbourhoods helps people feel safer, and that’s why the Victorian Government is investing in these programs,” Member for Wendouree, Juliana Addison said.
“I look forward to seeing the finished design and the positive effect it will have,” she said.
The early works are expected to be completed in September.
The City has also received $450,000 from the Federal Government’s Safer Communities Program for CCTV, lighting and bollards to be installed in Little Bridge Street to improve safety.