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Published Monday 26 July 2021
Tags:General, Business, Media Release

$3.37 million Sydney Street rejuvenation plans unveiled

A $3.37 million rejuvenation of Sydney Street in Kilmore is getting closer with Mitchell Shire Council unveiling streetscape plans for Clarke Street to Bourke Street this week.

The designs celebrate Kilmore’s historic past and will breathe fresh life into the main street with colourful street trees, pedestrian islands, upgraded heritage style streetlights, light pole promotional banners, improved disabled parking, heritage style street furniture, bluestone pavement, historic stories and a new heritage colour scheme.

Council has also commissioned heritage inspired designs for new town entry signs, Sydney Street precinct entry signs and iconic motifs that can be used by Council and traders for promotional campaigns.

The existing Robinia street trees between Bourke and Union streets will be replaced with 17 colourful deciduous trees - Tupelo Black Forums and Jerilderie Reds.

The area between Clarke and Union streets will be transformed with 69 new trees – Tupelo Black Forum, Urbanite Ash, Jerilderie Red and Crepe Myrtle.

Improvements will be made to disabled parking including a slight relocation and upgrade of existing spaces plus one new space.

Bus users and pedestrians will be better supported with two new bus stops and pedestrian islands to make crossing the road easier and safer. The works will require the removal of 7 on-street car parks for two new bus stops and the removal of 27 on-street car parks for the pedestrian islands and for the new trees.

To make it easier for people to find nearby parking, the project will also see improved signage and access to the 250+ off-street parks and on-street parking in surrounding areas, most of which have spaces available at peak times.

An online information session will be held:

  • Wednesday 28 July from 12pm to 12.45pm. Please register here if you plan to attend.

In-person drop-in sessions will be held:

  • Saturday 31 July from 9am to 12pm
  • Thursday 5 August from 4pm to 7pm.

There will also be an information display at the Kilmore Customer and Library Service Centre during business hours from 29 July to 6 August.

Community members are being asked to help choose the heritage colour scheme, sign designs, banners and historic stories as part of the rejuvenation project.

Head to Engaging Mitchell website to view the plans, the latest information about drop-ins and to provide input on the heritage colours, stories and signs.

The $3.37 million rejuvenation is funded by the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund ($2.423 million), Regional Infrastructure Fund ($500,000) and Mitchell Shire Council ($445,173).

Street trees

Bourke Street to Union Street

The existing Robinia street trees between Bourke and Union Street will be replaced with 17 colourful deciduous trees. Nine Tupelo Black Forum trees (Nyssa sylvatica ‘Forum’) will go in the existing and new outstands. Eight Jerilderie Red (Brachychiton populneus x acerifolious), a new grafted hybrid of the Illawarra Flame Tree which will be planted in line with the car parks.

Clarke Street to Union Street

The area between Clarke and Union Street will also be transformed with 69 new trees and a pedestrian refuge near Mitchell Street with a Tupelo Black Forum to go in the new outstand at Mitchell Street, 12 Urbanite Ash next to the Coles car park (Fraxinus Pennsylvanica ‘Urbanite’), 25 Jerilderie Red, mostly on the western side of the street and 31 Crepe Myrtles (Lagerstroemia indica cultivars ‘Sioux’, ‘Natchez’ and ‘Tonto’) mainly on the east side of the street under the overhead powerlines.

Comments from Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson

"These projects were identified with extensive community input when the Kilmore Town Centre Plan was adopted back in 2016," she said.

"We’ve been working to secure funding and progress the plans since then and, thanks to the Victoria Government, we’ve now reached this exciting milestone.

"We hope this will transform and revitalise the Sydney Street shops and the historic heart precinct and breathe new life into Kilmore for many years to come."

"We’ve also identified potential future works with more plantings in the centre median once the bypass is funded and built at which point Sydney Street will no longer be needed as a major arterial road or as an oversize vehicle route."

This page was last updated on 17 September 2021.