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Time for action

AFTER making the Leongatha Bair Street Development Project a big deal, South Gippsland Shire Council is unlikely to start construction of the development of one of Leongatha’s major commercial streets until 2019-2020.
That delay is frustrating the community.
“I’m sceptical as to whether it will even happen,” Leongatha business owner Anthony Walls said.
“Council needs to pick just one project, come up with a short term plan and do it.
“They spend too much money on feasibility consulting and we’re frustrated that it’s all talk.”
Council has prepared a master plan for Bair Street that guides road and footpath improvements, new landscaping, street furniture and other upgrades to revitalise the town.
“We want things to happen in this town,” Leongatha business owner Kristy Walls said.
“It’s just disappointing.”
Council’s major projects and emergency management coordinator Penni Ellicott said council is actively campaigning for funding for the project.
“The project is now listed in the 2019-2020 Capital Works program and even if funds were approved in the coming months, it is unlikely construction would commence until 19-20,” she said.
Mr Walls said he would like to see some form of development to Bair Street in the meantime, such as 90 degree parking spaces, similar to McCartin Street.

Disappointed community: Leongatha business owners Kristy and Anthony Walls are frustrated by the uncertainty of the wait the community is enduring for the start of the Bair Street Development Project.

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