Marshall Government boosts Clare rejuvenation

A $145,000 State Government grant will help Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council to deliver Stage 1 of its Clare Main Street Renewal project.

The $492,500 project will be supported by a $147,500 Council contribution and $200,000 from the Morrison Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program.

As part of the 2019-20 State Budget last week, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government and Minister for Planning Stephan Knoll announced the Marshall Liberal Government would provide funding through its Planning and Development Fund, via the Places for People Program.

“The Clare Main Street Renewal will act as an important revitalisation of the town’s central meeting place,” Minister Knoll said.

“It will enable and accommodate the activation of public spaces such as Ennis Park and Mill Place for markets, events and other activities through the inclusion of supporting infrastructure, services and design.

“While enhancing a key gathering point for the Clare community, it will also act as an attraction to people visiting the town.

“Energetic, modern regional and town centres are particularly important in tourism areas like the Clare Valley, and this project will assist in improving the amenity of this important town and wine region.”

Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council is undertaking a multi-stage redevelopment of Clare’s main street.

Implementation of Stage 1, on the north side of Main North Road, will include footpath renewal (between Wright Place roundabout to the pedestrian lights); landscaping and irrigation; street furniture, bike infrastructure, public are, lighting and shade; and side street redesign, with a raised surface at Ness Street to create a continuous footpath.

As well as improving main street features and enabling public space activation, the project will also improve pedestrian accessibility, connectivity and safety in the main street.

The Places for People program aims to increase the useability and function of the public realm through innovative and creative design outcomes, and to create or revitalise public spaces that are important to the social, cultural and economic life of their communities.