$4m to ‘revitalise’ Hastings

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Street scene: Mornington Peninsula Shire’s project delivery manager Derek Rotter, Western Port Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Karen Mann, project manager Darren Simnett, MP Daniel Mulino, urban designer James Bryan, the mayor Cr Bryan Payne and Cr Kate Roper at the sod turning of the Hastings streetscape renewal project. Picture: Supplied

NEARLY $4 million is being spent on making Hastings commercial centre “a more vibrant, attractive and usable space for pedestrians and traders”.

The project include streetscape works along High Street between Queen Street and Marine Parade, five laneway upgrades, as well replacing a toilet and constructing a car park in King Street.

The state government is providing $1.9 million through its growing suburbs fund and $1.9 million is coming from Mornington Peninsula Shire.

The mayor Cr Bryan Payne said the project was the most significant infrastructure investment in Hastings over the past 10 years.

“This is a major revitalisation of the commercial centre,” he said.

“It will boost business and modernise the centre, attracting more people to spend time in the township”.

Cr Kate Roper said the council had listened to community feedback on parking and would not be changing to parallel parking in High Street.

“The project also provides an exciting opportunity to tell the rich history of fishing, industry, farming and indigenous culture in Hastings throughout the laneways,” she said.

Work will be done in stages and is expected to be completed in December.

First published in the Western Port News – 10 July 2018

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