Federal funding for CBD revitalisation

Published: Thursday, 30 July 2020 at 2:31:47 PM

A major upgrade to the entrance into our CBD will go ahead earlier than planned thanks to an unexpected Federal Government grant for $1.3 million.

The funding comes from the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program set up in May by the Australian Government to assist a community-led recovery from COVID-19.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn is grateful for the funding, the only ‘recovery spend’ the City has received since the pandemic began.

“This funding is a great example of how Local and Federal Governments can work together to recover from this health crisis,” he said.

“We are extremely grateful for this new money, the only money the City has received to respond to and recover from COVID-19.”

The City will use the funding to upgrade the entry to the CBD and Foreshore by improving the Cathedral Avenue streetscape from Sanford Street to Foreshore Drive.  The plan will include a significant number of street trees to create a more shaded and comfortable pedestrian zone and improved streetscape.

“The entry works will tie in nicely with the new Cathedral Avenue and Sanford Street roundabout and is the perfect opportunity, while we are already digging up Cathedral Avenue, to complete the next stage of our CBD revitalisation,” Mayor Van Styn added.

The LRCI Program allocated funds to Local Governments using a formula that takes into consideration road lengths and population.  Although the program was non-competitive and the City did not have to apply the grant, the funding can only be used for shovel ready projects.

More information on CBD revitalisation plan here

Watch the CBD Masterplan Vision 3D fly through video here

 

PICTURE CAPTION: Vision of the Cathedral Avenue upgrade from the 3D-CBD Revitalisation fly through video.  Chapman Road intersection modifications will not be included in this upgrade.

Vision of the Cathedral Avenue upgrade from the 3D-CBD Revitalisation fly through video.

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