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A new streetscape for newly-transformed Bayswater

Bayswater

The heart of Bayswater has been transformed for the better with the completion of streetscaping works that complement the construction of the new railway station and removal of two level crossings.

Completion of the project has realised the long-held dreams of local residents and council, who have campaigned for over a decade to revitalise the town that suffered from traffic congestion and struggling local business.

Thanks to cooperation between Knox City Council, and the State and Federal Governments, the railway crossings have been removed and the area has benefitted from a much-needed injection of funds for beautification works and to improve local amenities.

Last week, Knox Council along with representatives of the State and Federal Government and local community members came together to mark the official launch of the newly upgraded $3.4 million streetscape works.

The Federal Government contributed a total of $1.7 million funding through the Community Development Programme towards the project, with Council matching that funding dollar for dollar.

While the State Government, through the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) and VicRoads, delivered these works on Council’s behalf.


The streetscape works included:

  • New street furniture, including seats, café screens, tree guards and bin surrounds;
  • Provision of public art;
  • Planting of canopy trees;
  • Widening of footpaths;
  • Landscape enhancements; and
  • Relocation and undergrounding of high and low voltage overhead power-lines.

With the newly upgraded streetscape building on the State Government’s recent removal of two level crossings and construction of a new and modern railway station, Bayswater is well-placed to capitalise on the growth of visitor and tourist traffic to the iconic Dandenong Ranges.

In turn, this will mean more people spending more time in local shops and businesses and contributing to the health of the local economy.

Council contributed $1.7 million funding towards the streetscape upgrade as part of its 2016-17 Annual Budget.

Quotes attributable to the Mayor, Cr John Mortimore:

  • Knox has been pleased to partner with the Federal as well as the State Government in delivering a streetscape upgrade that has transformed the face of Bayswater for the better.
  • Bayswater is well-placed to capitalise on the growth of visitor and tourist traffic to the iconic Dandenong Ranges, and the enhanced streetscape adds greatly to its visual appeal and amenity for locals and visitors alike.
  • This terrific outcome for Bayswater would not have been possible without the patience and support of the local community and traders – and I take this opportunity to say thank-you on Council’s behalf.
  • Building on this achievement, Council remains as committed as ever to helping the Bayswater community to grow and prosper.
  • This includes committing $50,000 funding under the banner of ‘Bayswater Back on Track’ to highlight the shopping precinct and encourage visitors, as well as introducing the ‘Stamp Me’ electronic loyalty program to promote local businesses.

Quotes attributable to Cr Peter Lockwood – Baird Ward:

  • This bright and vibrant place is the result of hard work, years of lobbying and dedication by so many people who wanted to make Bayswater a more beautiful place to live, work and visit.
  • People like Alan and Evelyn Hodgkin, who spoke to me 18 years ago in a coffee shop, just across the way, telling me “we have to do something”. This dedicated local couple instigated a petition all those years ago, collecting over 1000 signatures, asking for a commitment to improve the Bayswater streetscape.
  • Now, with the grade separation completed, along with the works to the station and streetscape, that goal has finally been realised.

Issued:Thursday 27 September 2018
Knox Community and Council Plan 2017-2021

Knox Community and Council Plan 2017-2021 Reference:

 

Goal 1 — We value our natural and built environment.
Strategy 3.1 Enable improved transport choices supported by integrated and sustainable transport systems and infrastructure.

Goal 5 — We have a strong regional economy, local employment and learning opportunities:
Strategy 5.2 Plan for a range of key strategic centres that provide a diversity of employment, services and amenities to support the changing needs of our community.

Strategy 5.3 Promote and improve infrastructure and technology within the municipality and enhance strategic employment places for business.

Goal 7 — We are inclusive, feel a sense of belonging and value our identity:
Strategy 7.3 Strengthen community connections.

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