FEDERAL funding has been secured for the Brighton Streetscape project and work is expected to begin shortly. The Streetscape Project will revitalise the Brighton town centre with the aim of connecting the community and creating a place where people feel proud to live, visit and work.
Following a very fruitful meeting with Senator Jonathon Duniam at the Brighton Council Chambers early in the New Year, Brighton Council Mayor Tony Foster said he was delighted to see that the funding for the Streetscape project had now been secured.
Brighton Council had indicated it was prepared to match the Government funding on a better than dollar for dollar basis.
“The project will promote economic development and make a real difference in increasing investment in the region, building partnerships with business and the community and addressing the area’s disadvantages,” Cr Foster said.
“Council had sought funds from the National Stronger Regions Fund ($840,000) with Council prepared to contribute the remainder of the $1.786 million total cost, so we welcome this commitment.
“We believe Brighton Council presented a very strong case for funding of the project and it is extremely pleasing this has been recognised.”
The project will completely transform the central area and commercial heart of the rapidly growing Brighton township from little more than a highway fuel-stop, to an attractive, efficient and commercially vibrant town centre. Proposed works include narrowing the street to allow for safer pedestrian movement, an improved parking layout and landscape treatments which enhance the local environment.
The outcome of this project will result in appropriate infrastructure and the necessary urban environment to stimulate an economically and socially prosperous community into the future in the wake of the Brighton bypass completion. A vibrant town centre will ensure Brighton can attract significant investment in residential growth and commercial expansion to serve the town and the surrounding rural areas.
“Brighton Council has already undertaken significant works in and around the township and the funding is enabling the completion of the development without impacting adversely on Council’s support of other areas of disadvantage and need in the municipality.
“We intended to commence the project within the next few months, with completion scheduled for early 2018,” Cr Foster said.
“We were also thankful to be able to meet with Senator Duniam and discuss with him a range of issues including our priorities for the municipality’s community. He was genuinely excited by what Brighton is planning particularly in relation to this and other projects including our desire for a high school for Brighton. Senator Duniam indicated his preparedness to help Brighton municipality wherever possible with all of the issues raised,” Cr Foster said.