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Published Tuesday 4 September 2018
Tags:General, Media Release

Kilmore’s historic main street just got a whole lot brighter

The 14 heritage-style street lights that line Sydney Street in Kilmore have been given a modern touch, with new energy-efficient LED light fittings installed last week.

Two LED lights, which are brighter and cheaper to run, were trialled earlier this year, before the remaining light fittings were installed early last week.

The light fittings have been colour-matched to the existing poles and will provide increased lighting levels and will be better for the environment.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said the old lights had become unsafe and unreliable and it was essential they were replaced.

“The new lights will create a really fresh look for years to come that still complements the heritage elements of the streetscape,” Cr Sanderson said.

“They will also shine a brighter light for improved pedestrian and vehicle safety, they’ll be cheaper to run and they’re better for the environment.

“We’d like to thank the Sydney Street businesses, pedestrians and commuters for their patience while the lights were replaced recently.”

The $25,000 light replacement project was funded by Mitchell Shire Council.

Meanwhile, to maintain their health and ensure they are in full bloom over spring and summer, pruning of the Robinia trees in Sydney Street happened recently.  Pruning is undertaken at this time each year to make sure they remain in good condition, and for community safety to ensure they don't become top-heavy and fall.

While the pruning can appear severe, it is important the arborists prune the limbs right back to the trunks so that the trees aren't at risk of becoming too top-heavy. Foliage on the trees will grow back fast and they will be in full bloom over the coming months.