Increased funding for Edithvale shopping street

KINGSTON Council will spend $2.3 million to spruce up the shopping street along the Nepean Highway in Edithvale.

The section of shops between Bank Road and Carrington Street is expected to benefit from the upgrade. Funds for the project were originally intended for work at the nearby crossing, but were redirected after the state government agreed to raise more money for maintenance of the LXRP projects.

Kingston Mayor Steve Staikos said the funding would improve the shopping street and attract more shoppers. “We are delighted to be able to help improve Edithvale shopping street to boost local businesses and make it a more attractive and accessible place for our community,” he said.

“Kingston has worked closely with the state government throughout the LXRP process, and the additional funding of $2.3 million will allow us to make a huge difference for the Edithvale business community as she is recovering from the challenges posed by the pandemic. We look forward to partnering with the Edithvale Collective, business owners, and the wider community to finalize the upgrades. »

The Edithvale Collective is a community group working to improve the Edithvale area. Group spokeswoman Kirralee Ashworth-Collett said the idea to revitalize the area was formed five years ago and is now coming to life.

“We came together as a small group of passionate residents in 2017 to help breathe new life into our suburb, which had been neglected for too long. The strip’s paths are uneven, unsightly and downright dangerous, and public amenities have fallen into a deplorable state of disrepair,” Ashworth-Collett said. “It’s about people power. It’s been long and hard work, but I’m so proud of how this community has stood up to make sure our voice is heard. The village of Edithvale is a beautiful little piece of paradise nestled between the wetlands and one of the best beaches in Port Phillip Bay. The condition of the shopping street was really letting up so we’re glad a plan is now in place to finally fix it.

Improvements should include landscaping, paving, adding street furniture and other streetscape works.

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 4th May 2022

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