The demolition will allow for the construction of new public toilet facilities. The new facilities will include toilets, an adult change room, breastfeeding and baby changing rooms. The works also include construction of the plaza area and a new eight bay bus interchange. These works have been programmed to run concurrently minimising the impact of road users in the area and will cost approximately $3m. Funding for the project is coming from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions fund, Public Safety Infrastructure fund, VicRoads, Public Transport Victoria and Greater Shepparton City Council. Works are due for completion in mid-2019.
These exciting works in Maude Street forms part of Greater Shepparton City Council’s Strategy for revitalizing the CBD.
Greater Shepparton City Council Director Infrastructure, Phil Hoare said “The construction of new public toilets including adult change and bicycle storage facilities, and a plaza area will create a user-friendly space for shoppers within the precinct.”
“The Plaza area will provide a great space for socialising and the new facilities will be user friendly and compliment the new bus interchange, it will greatly enhance the amenity and safety of the area for our community” said Mr Hoare.
The new bus interchange will improve the functionality within the CBD and the area will be safer for pedestrians and traffic. The creation of an eight bay bus interchange will provide Shepparton with a central, user friendly public transport hub with direct access to the CBD, train station and other major destinations within Greater Shepparton. The bus interchange will operate on both sides of Maude Street for north and southbound traffic.
Later stages of the overall project include street scaping of Maude Street from Vaughan to High Street and traffic signals to replace the roundabout at the intersection of Vaughan and Maude Streets. The overall project works will be staged over the next two financial years with completion likely to be in late 2020.
More information on the project can be found online here.