Mayoral Matters - November

Published on 07 November 2018

Mayoral Matters - November

As we enter the pre-election phase of the year it’s been a busy period within the Northern Grampians Shire, with a number of significant announcements being made over the past month.

The state government announced a $200,000 investment for significant upgrades to be made to the St Arnaud CBD, with Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford saying the project is set to inject $2 million into the local community as well as creating an additional 15 jobs.

We will also be kicking in $100,000 of our own to help the project come to fruition, which will see upgrades to the town hall kitchen to make it commercial standard, a new picnic seating and irrigation system at Queen Mary Gardens, and increased bus parking, caravan parking and tourist information in Market Square.

We’re set for a jobs boom in St Arnaud, with Minister for Resources, Tim Pallas, announcing this month that six companies have progressed through a tender process allowing geological exploration in an area known as the Stavely Arc, part of which is located in St Arnaud.

If exploration for minerals such as gold and copper is successful, we could be looking at around 800 jobs being created in western Victoria as a result. Couple this with the expected resurgence of the Stawell Gold Mine, and it’s an exciting time for jobs expansion within the shire.

The Nationals, if elected to government in November, announced a $2.75 million upgrade to Halls Gap which would bring with it huge opportunity for growth and further turn the popular tourist location into a world-class walking village destination.

The upgrade would include construction of a new road and bridge over Stoney Creek, allowing for more commercial land to be created as well as increased safety within the area. The new bridge would connect Heath Street with Grampians Road, creating a major arterial road and a direct route for vehicles when travelling through Halls Gap.

We received $764,666 by the state government to upgrade four major roads within the shire, including sections of Banyena Road, Woolpack Road, Great Western-Moyston Road and two intersections at Pomonal Road and Aerodrome Road.

We will also be adding $132,334 of our own to make sure the roadworks are completed to create a safer environment for its users.

Aside from funding announcements, we also had a number of celebrations around the shire over the past month, highlighted by our ‘Meet and Greet the New Main Street’ launch party which officially unveiled the upgraded Main Street in Stawell.

It was a great turnout from the community who thoroughly enjoyed the festivities, particularly the kids who enjoyed rides, a visit from the Halls Gap Zoo, face painting, a movie and a spectacular fireworks display to end the evening.

Cr Tony Driscoll