Wallan Town Heart officially open
The Wallan Town Heart transformation reached a major milestone this week with the official opening of two new outdoor areas, including the War Memorial Circle of Remembrance.
The pedestrian lights are also nearing completion which will provide a safer crossing to link the Hadfield Park precinct with the retail area.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said it was exciting to see the vision for the revitalisation taking shape.
“The community first shared their ideas for this area in 2014 and we now have two new beautiful public spaces for people to enjoy,” Cr Sanderson said.
“It is about much more than just creating nice outdoor areas. It’s also about connecting people, giving our community an extra reason to be proud of where they live and creating the right environment for businesses to thrive.”
Cr Sanderson said the new bank building would also extend the plaza further with potential for outdoor dining and public art to help create a central gathering place and to provide better connections along the retail strip.
“The town heart design takes into account the upcoming construction work for the Wallan and Kilmore District Community Bank Branch of the Bendigo Bank building development.
“I can’t wait to see this next part take shape and complete the transformation of this area. Wallan has a very bright future ahead and the Wallan Town Heart project is a key part of unlocking this potential.”
Cr Sanderson said the scale of investment wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Victorian Government and the Bendigo Bank.
“I’d like to thank the Victorian Government and our local Parliamentary members, Danielle Green and Jaclyn Symes for securing funding through the Growing Suburbs Fund to assist Council in delivering one of the largest public ream enhancement projects undertaken for the shire.
“I’d also like to thank the Wallan and Kilmore District Community Bank Branches of the Bendigo Bank for working closely with Council and supporting the vision to improve the town centre.
“Finally, I’d like to thank everyone for their patience during construction including the Neighbourhood House Market, Wallan Old Time Market and the High Street traders.”
Additional town heart works to come include improvements to Wellington Street behind the retail strip, a new service lane entry from the Northern Highway just north of Watson Street, over 100 new trees around the town centre and additional landscaping and wayfinding signage.
As part of the project, additional parking has also been provided in Bentinck Street near the Wallan Community Bank® Adventure Playground.