News Date: 19 Dec 2017
The new face of Brighton's Main Street has been unveiled after the completion of a $1.7 million upgrade delivering a more attractive and vibrant town centre.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Main Street Reconstruction project has made Brighton better for pedestrians and created a community space that encourages locals and visitors into the central shopping precinct.
“This project has reshaped the focus of the town centre to benefit pedestrians with better paving and landscaping, new street lights and street furniture,” Mr Chester said.
“The upgrade has also put power lines underground and has improved parking for drivers, all of which be a boost for local businesses and help to create jobs.”
Senator for Tasmania Jonathon Duniam said a more welcoming and accessible Main Street has long been a priority for the community and Council and this project would deliver that today.
“Brighton is one of the fastest growing communities in the region, and increasingly seen as a well-located and affordable choice for families. Building appropriate community infrastructure in line with this growth is vital to make sure people have access to local services.
“The highway bypass has created the opportunity for a project like this to recreate the Main Street by joining up the businesses and services along the strip and create a true village centre,” Senator Duniam said.
Mayor of Brighton Tony Foster said the project revitalised the Brighton Town Centre and connected the community to create a place where people felt proud to live, visit and work.
“The outcome of this project is resulting in the proper infrastructure and the necessary urban environment which we believe will stimulate an economically and socially prosperous community into the future in the wake of the Brighton Bypass completion. A vibrant town centre is really important. Council believes the upgraded streetscape will help our business community and will ensure Brighton can attract other significant investment in residential growth and commercial expansion to serve the town and the surrounding rural areas.
“Without doubt, a revitalised town centre will promote economic development and make a real difference by increasing investment in the region, and building partnerships with business and the community,” Cr Foster said.
The Mayor thanked the Federal Coaltion Government for its commitment to the Brighton municipality that ensured the project could proceed.
“Brighton Council matched the Coalition Government's investment dollar for dollar but as a Council we are pleased we could work with Government to realise this important project for our communities.”
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