The seaside town of Kingston will benefit from a $334,000 upgrade as part of the 2019/20 State Budget.
The Kingston SE Main Streets Stimulus Project will see Kingston’s three main streets (Hanson, Holland and Agnes Streets) revitalised to create a vibrant and attractive town centre precinct that will be easier to access for locals, support businesses and increase tourism to the area.
The project will involve:
- Widening footpaths to improve pedestrian access
- Develop pedestrian nodes to accommodate alfresco dining
- Landscaping, tree planting and stormwater infrastructure
- Street furniture (seating, bike racks, bins), lighting and improved signage
Member for MacKillop, Nick McBride MP says the Marshall Liberal Government is listening to regional communities and recognizes the importance of investment to stimulate economic activity.
“Investment in this project for Kingston will help to grow Kingston as a tourism and lifestyle destination, while still meeting the needs of the local community” said Mr McBride.
“It’s vital that we invest in our beautiful seaside towns. By improving and re-designing Kingston’s main streets we’ll make it easier for people to shop, meet and therefore spend. This will make Kingston more vibrant and help drive their economy forward” said Mr McBride.
The funding has been welcomed by the Mayor of the Kingston District Council Ms Kay Rasheed.
“Over the past couple of years, council has been working closely with the community to look at ways to make our main streets safer, greener and more accessible for our community and visitors. This project was always going to rely on external funding to ensure its delivery. “
The total grant funding secured for the project is $1.337 million dollars. Half has been secured through the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, the State Government’s Regional Growth Fund provided $334,000, while the remaining $334,000 was announced in the State Budget through the Planning and Development Fund.
Work on the project is expected to commence in April 2020, after the busy Easter break.