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TRADERS AND GOVERNMENT
PARTNERSHIPS TURN $50,000
INTO $425,000 CBD
A decision by Bacchus Marsh's former peak business association
to contribute $50,000 in 2012, means Bacchus Marsh CBD will
now more closely resemble the level of attractiveness of its
iconic entrance, the Avenue of honour.
Central Business Bacchus Marsh (CBBM) assisted Council to
turn a $50,000 contribution towards the Bacchus Marsh Main
Street revitalisation project, into a $425,000 project that will
transform Bacchus Marsh CBD.
The project is stage three of a four stage program to revitalise
the streetscape of Main Street Bacchus Marsh. Stage three
incorporates works on the north side of Main Street between
Young and Gell Streets. The works include
• replacing paved surfaces and street furniture;
• installing pedestrian and disabled access points;
• landscaping and street beautification works;
• establishing 'green spaces' within the commercial precinct;
• installing sustainable lighting to green spaces and
• installing flag poles
Connection to nearby tracks, trails, pedestrian connections and
community spaces are expected to be enhanced, improving
Leveraging the $50,000 in funds from CBBM with Council's
contribution of $50,000 in funds and $25,000 in-kind support,
Council successfully applied for an additional $300,000 from
the State Government's 'Putting Locals First Grant Program'.
The CBBM committee decided not to request Council
to restrike the annual levy funding it received from local
businesses via the Bacchus Marsh Business District Special Rate
and Charge scheme when it expired in 2012.
However the committee was determined to leave a tangible
legacy with its remaining funds that would benefit all CBD
businesses for years to come.
Former CBBM Chair Malcolm Trask, said that "the committee
debated and assessed many options when we decided to
cease operations. After consultation with Council staff and
some long standing members, we decided that leveraging the
remaining funds for the direct benefit of the local business
community in a project like this was the best use of the
Moorabool Mayor, Cr Pat Toohey, thanked CBBM and
the State Government for their contribution. " the traders
contribution via CBBM showed the state government just
how serious the local community and council were about this
project. I've no doubt CBBM's contribution was a key factor
in our success in obtaining this significant grant from the state
access to the facilities and businesses on Main Street.
Below: Cr John Spain, Simon Ramsay MP, Member for Western Victoria.
Mayor, Cr Pat Toohey, Cr Tonia Dudzik, Central Business Bacchus Marsh
Committee Members Pauline Madden and Malcolm Trask.
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