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Published Friday 22 April 2022
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Sydney Street Rejuvenation works begin

Mitchell Shire Council is excited to see construction beginning on Kilmore’s Sydney Street Rejuvenation Project – the largest capital works project in the municipality for many years.

Council is partnering with the Victorian Government for the $4.65 million streetscape upgrade to revive Kilmore’s historic town centre and retail precinct between Clarke Street and Bourke Street.

The Sydney Street Rejuvenation Project has been a significant part of Kilmore’s structure plan since 2016. The streetscape designs were finalised following community consultation last year.

The works will transform the look of Sydney Street and celebrate the unique historic character of the precinct. The project will include:

  • new street trees and garden plantings
  • safer crossing points
  • heritage street furniture
  • bluestone pavements
  • more lights
  • the addition of light pole banner holders
  • upgraded kerbs and footpaths
  • more space for outdoor dining
  • electronic speed signs
  • more all abilities parking
  • two new public bus stops.

Signage and pedestrian access to nearby off-street parking will also be improved.

Evergreen Civil has established a site office near the corner of Andrew Street and Union Street and began work last week.

The upgrade is expected to be completed in two stages over approximately nine months.

  • Stage 1: Sydney Street north – between Clarke Street and Union Street – is expected to continue through to June.
  • Stage 2: Sydney Street south – between Bourke Street and Union Street – is scheduled to commence in July and continue through to December.

There will be some interruption to businesses and nearby residents and some minor delays on Sydney Street during construction.

Information will be provided to affected businesses and residents throughout the project and contact details for the project team have been provided. This includes a project officer, who will be available for drop-in discussions at the Kilmore library every Tuesday (9am to 5pm) and Thursday (12 to 5pm), during the construction phase.

Works have started, with line markings appearing on pavements and kerbside on the western side of Sydney street, north of Union street. More substantive works will start in coming weeks. Council is engaging with businesses and residents within this section of the project, with all efforts taken to reduce disruption to daily trading practices.

Visit the project page for project updates.

The $4.65 million project has been made possible with funding provided by the State Government through its Growing Suburbs Fund ($2,424,000), Regional Infrastructure Fund ($500,000) and Regional Roads Victoria ($313,610) and Mitchell Shire Council ($1,417,140).

Comments from Mayor Bill Chisholm

“This is an exciting project for Kilmore and we’re very pleased to see work beginning after many years of planning, preparation and checking in with traders, property owners and the community,” he said.

“The project celebrates Kilmore’s unique heritage and will make Kilmore’s main street more accessible and appealing as the area experiences significant growth and change."

“We understand this will cause some disruption at different points as construction progresses. The project team will maintain contact with affected residents and businesses to provide updated timelines and to minimise the impact as much as possible.

“I want to thank the Victorian Government for their support in making this project a reality. This is one of the most significant projects Mitchell Shire Council has ever delivered and we could not do it without their funding partnership.”

This page was last updated on 8 July 2022.