Preliminary work will start later this month on the $6 million Powerhouse precinct redevelopment.
Marking the first on-site activity on the second stage of the riverfront redevelopment, this preliminary work will focus on tree trimming to allow for a new footpath near the Jaycee Park car park.
The footpath will link the car park to the Powerhouse area, providing safe access for pedestrians, prams and wheelchairs.
As part of this work, a tree will need to be removed from Jaycee Park, which will be compensated for with planned tree-planting in the village square precinct.
Work on the tree-trimming and new footpath will continue until mid-December.
Additional work is planned to start in March next year, when car parking near Jaycee Park will be extended along Hugh King Drive.
These spaces will offset current unsealed parking directly in front of the Powerhouse, which will be transformed later next year as part of the precinct redevelopment.
Meanwhile, Sunraysia residents have responded in their hundreds to Mildura Rural City Council’s call for ideas and feedback on what they’d like to see included in the Powerhouse precinct.
This information will be used to develop a concept design for the precinct, taking in the Powerhouse building, Jaycee Park car park and immediate surrounds.
These designs will be shared with the community next month.
Council’s General Manager Community Martin Hawson said it was an exciting time for the community.
“The first stage of our riverfront redevelopment has had a transformative impact on our city,” Mr Hawson said.
“It connected our CBD to the riverfront, it’s provided new spaces and facilities for our community and visitors to enjoy, attracting more than three million people since it was created.
“This second stage of the redevelopment will be equally transformative and the Powerhouse precinct will be at the heart of it, creating a vibrant community and cultural hub.”
Main works on the Powerhouse precinct redevelopment are expected to start in the middle of next year.
The project is jointly-funded through the Victorian Government’s Crisis Committee of Cabinet Infrastructure Stimulus Fund ($5 million), Council ($500,000) and the Victorian Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund ($500,000).