BRIGHTON Council has praised local businesses for their patience during the upgrading of Brighton’s streetscape over recent months.
The streetscape upgrade is due to be completed and officially opened this month.
Brighton Mayor Tony Foster said local businesses had been extremely understanding during the revitalisation program and Council was grateful for their patience throughout the works.
Council secured Federal funding for the Brighton Streetscape project with the help of Senator Jonathon Duniam, earlier this year and work began immediately.
“The aim of the Streetscape Project is to revitalise the Brighton town centre to connect our community and create a place where people feel proud to live, visit and work. I think we have well and truly achieved this with the magnificent work that has been undertaken to bring the main street through Brighton township to life.“We understand it may have been a little stressful at times with businesses continuing to operate during the upgrade but I am confident that they will quickly see the results in their business operations now that the project is almost complete,” Cr Foster said.
Brighton Council matched the Federal 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 sought funds from the National Stronger Regions Fund ($840,000) with Council contributing the remainder of the $1.786 million total cost.
“The project has completely transformed the central area and commercial heart of our rapidly growing Brighton township from little more than a highway fuel-stop, to an attractive, efficient and commercially vibrant town centre. The works included narrowing the street to allow for safer pedestrian movement, an improved parking layout and landscape treatments which have enhanced the local environment.
“The outcome of this project is resulting in the proper infrastructure and the necessary urban environment which we believe will stimulate an economically and socially prosperous community into the future in the wake of the Brighton Bypass completion. A vibrant town centre is really important and Council believes the upgraded streetscape will help our business community and will ensure Brighton can attract other 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 has enabling the completion of the development without impacting adversely on Council’s support of other areas of disadvantage and need in the municipality.