Latrobe City Council and the Future Morwell Steering Group have finalised preliminary planning for the Morwell CBD Revitalisation Project.
Mayor, Councillor Darrell White said the Morwell CBD Revitalisation Project has the potential to transform Morwell from an industrial heartland to a green, vibrant space with connections to its proud industrial past.
“The CBD Revitalisation Project is a paradigm shift for the Morwell community – it seeks to create a place of connection, a place of gathering, meeting, community and business,” Cr White said.
“It recognises that a central business district which prioritises people and small business, and creates spaces which are welcoming and green is good for business.”
With the preliminary planning complete, Latrobe City Council is seeking further funds to allow the full transformation of the Commercial Road, including the Tarwin Street intersection.
Future Morwell Steering Group Chair, Cr Graeme Middlemiss said the Group had worked diligently over a number of years to secure a CBD Revitalisation which would draw people back to Morwell.
“Many in the Steering Group remember the time when Morwell was the ‘king’ of the Valley – it was the place to be. On weekends it was bustling hub of activity with families, children and young people enjoying the atmosphere of one of our proudest towns,” Cr Middlemiss said.
“The Steering Group has worked hard on the completion of the detailed design and we are now keen to get on with the job of building a new heart for Morwell.
“At this point in time we are actively seeking funding to proceed with the full physical transformation.
“It is a compelling story – transforming the industrial heart of a town following a devastating mine fire and the crushing closure of the Hazelwood Power Station to create a new vision for the future.
“While the new vision for Commercial Road will be significantly more striking and attractive, it will also be safer than the current design. A safety assessment has noted a number of enhancements which will support pedestrian movement in and around Commercial Road.”
Council has applied for a number of Federal Government funding rounds for Future Morwell and is awaiting the outcome of the funding deliberations.