ROCHESTER’S Moore Street is getting a face-lift.
Campaspe Shire Council has approved $58,503.27 from the Community Plan Implementation Fund to support works for the Rochester Moore St project.
The money will go towards the construction of a universal access crossing point adjacent to the Opperman statue, a 200m observation path past the murals, a drinking fountain and wayfinding signs.
The Moore St project has been one of the main priorities of the Rochester community for many years and is identified as a priority in their community plan.
Rochester ward councillor Leigh Wilson said it was with ‘‘great pride’’ that he endorsed the project to council.
‘‘This has been on the boil for a number of years and for the past three or four the committee has narrowed their focus to create an outcome for people travelling through Rochester to find some area to stop,’’ he said.
‘‘It is a well known spot in town and this project will see the evolution of that space which houses the Opperman statue, the mural festival and the town features installed more than five years ago.
‘‘Just over $58,000 will be used to undertake a series of infrastructure alterations and upgrades there to make visitors to our town have a much greater experience.’’
Councillor Vicki Neele agreed and said after many delays the committee are finally able to see the project progress.
‘‘This is a credit to the committee members who have worked tirelessly to make this happen,’’ she said. ‘‘It is hoped more people will view the murals in comfort and check out the Opperman statue and all the history while they are there.’’
The project involves making Moore St, between Fraser and Pascoe streets, more accessible, which will particularly benefit the many visitors to the annual mural festival. Additionally, the proposal for parallel parking along the west side of the Moore St service road will be investigated.
The C4R Moore Street committee welcomed the news about the funding. They say the funding will enable the committee to make some more improvements to the Moore St reserve, where the murals are located.
‘‘The addition of a concrete observation path to the murals will enable visitors and locals to view them more readily,’’ they said in a statement.
‘‘Two years ago the committee agreed to allow the Campaspe Shire to use the original funds as leverage funding for obtaining a grant from the state government to improve the Rochester market reserve.’’
But now the committee believes both projects will move forward.