NO more slippery pavers.
Lithgow City Council has listened to feedback from residents wanting to remove pavers on Main Street which have caused numerous injuries and safety hazzards for two decades.
Stage two of the Main Street revitalisation will see those pavers removed in the coming weeks after the Australian Government injected almost $2 million into the CBD through round five of its Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).
Federal Member for Calare and Minister for Veteran's Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee announced the $1,938,911 at Cook Street Plaza on Tuesday.
The upgrades will be from Cook Street Plaza through to the top end of Main Street near the Court House Hotel and Bridge Street, following on from Council's stage one project.
Director Infrastructure Services Jonathon Edgecombe said Council had taken on feedback from stage one and will build on the industrial theme of Lithgow for the next stage.
"We have three main focuses with this project, we're looking at pedestrian safety, amenity and disabled access. The footpath as it stands was built a long time ago, standards have changed and so has the focus of our community," he said.
He said Council would go through a public consultation process and put plans for stage two on display.
"There is opportunity for community input. We're really focusing on the industrial heritage of Lithgow," he said.
"We have the Portland Cement Works and the Blast Furnace that were vital to our economy back in the day so we're looking to build on that, by having exposed aggregate concrete, industrial brick banding and then trying to extenuate those aspects of our heritage and history."
Lithgow mayor Ray Thompson said stage two would help Main Street as far as looks, aesthetics and safety go.
"Our pavers are starting to get to the end of their life and this will be a great project to make sure the people of Lithgow are safe," he said.
He said the slipperiness of pavers had been a headache for Council in the past and he was pleased to have the funding come through.
"We'll make a start as soon as we possibly can, it will be great to give the street a real face-lift," he said.
"Hopefully by the end of 2022 we will have the whole project finished right down to the Commercial Hotel."
Lithgow District Chamber of Commerce president Peter Pilbeam welcomed the project and looked forward to the new pavers which would help boost business.
"Getting rid of the existing pavers in Main Street, we'll have a beautiful non-slip surface which a lot of people have been asking about," he said.
"Lithgow has been basically a ghost town, so it's fantastic to see new businesses opening up and some new ones in the works, I think the upgrade will help with confidence in opening back up post lockdown."
Mr Gee said the Main Street revitlisation was a fabulous project for Lithgow as the community continues to rebuild from bushfires and come out of COVID lockdown.
"This funding is a godsend for Lithgow to be able to revitalise the main street area and drive more tourists into town, businesses will love it and I think it will be a fantastic shot in the arm as we come out of COVID-19," he said.
He said the money will be well spent with Lithgow being the gateway to the Central West.
"I think making this investment in Lithgow's main street is money really well spent because it's going to revitalise the CBD and make the area look more inviting and be more user friendly in term of safety aspects," he said.
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