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Council takes on strip lift project

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February 08, 2018

The St Georges Rd streetscape is being redeveloped.

After struggling to find anyone to do the works, Greater Shepparton City Council has secured a contractor to redevelop the St Georges Rd streetscape.

It aims to make the shopping precinct safer and more enjoyable to shop in and boost the strip’s visual appeal.

Works for improved lighting, street parking and amenity are set to begin next week.

The more than $320000 worth of improvements between Hayes St and Swallow St is helped by a $209000 Victorian Government crime prevention grant.

The council will foot the bill of the remaining $113000.

After first flagging the project in 2015, Mayor Kim O’Keeffe said it was terrific the St Georges Rd community plan group would see one of its key priorities come to fruition.

‘‘Shoppers will have an improved user experience once completed,’’ Cr O’Keeffe said.

She acknowledged there would be some disruption to road users and businesses while the works took place, but said it would be worthwhile.

The works, to be done by Jarvis Delahey, are earmarked for completion in May. Cr O’Keeffe had previously voiced concern after no tenders were received for the project.

The initial contract for improvements to the St Georges Rd streetscape had no interest from contractors.

Cr Dennis Patterson had in November described the lack of interest as ‘‘sad’’, suggested prospective tenderers were busy and said the council would likely need to re-tender.

Cr O’Keeffe had at the time suggested the lack of interest was problematic and for the net to be cast out wider.

‘‘It’s a big concern, we need those roads fixed, we need those works done,’’ she had said.

Cr Seema Abdullah had prior to this raised the issue of a lack of tenders received, suggesting a lack of competition could be leading to less than desirable project outcomes, and she had hoped the council’s tendering processes would be looked at.

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