Pride of Melton another step closer to completion

Media Release

FN095/2016

09 December 2016

Joint release with:

Don Nardella

State Member for Melton

Sophie Ramsey

Mayor of City of Melton

Jane Hume

Senator for Victoria

  • Stage two of the $13.42 million Pride of Melton project opened today
  • Upgrades deliver better access to the shopping precinct, library and bus interchange

Upgrades to Palmerston Street, Melton, in Melbourne's north-west are now officially open, completing the second stage of the Pride of Melton Town Centre project.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the completed redevelopment would create a bustling, dynamic and safe town centre the whole community could be proud of.

“The Pride of Melton project will help attract visitors from the Melton region and beyond, and this is great for local jobs and social events,” Minister Nash said.

“The city's amphitheatre has been upgraded to accommodate more people while offering new open spaces and a café.”

Senator for Victoria Jane Hume joined the local community for the official opening of the second stage of the project.

“This stage of the project involved vital upgrades to power, telecommunications and water services which underpins the CBD's ability to support a thriving local business area, Senator Hume said.

“Once complete, the Pride of Melton project will provide the community with connections to the key shopping precincts, information centre, bus interchange, library and learning hub.”

Victorian Member for Melton Don Nardella said the project was an important one for the community.

“I've watched this project come together since the very beginning and I'm proud to be here today for its completion. It is a fantastic investment for our community.”

Mayor of City of Melton Sophie Ramsey said the Melton Town Centre Redevelopment project would transform the town centre into a safer, more inviting space.

“No sooner were the barricades removed than the community came out to use the upgraded amphitheatre, enjoy this beautiful new decked outdoor area and stroll around the gorgeous new garden beds,” Cr Ramsey said.

“There is no doubt that the upgraded streetscape is drawing the visitors into this area and creating an environment ripe for some wonderful public events in the future.”

The Pride of Melton project is being jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($5.55 million), Victorian Government ($3.77 million) and the City of Melton ($4.1 million).

Stage three of the project, consisting of a redesign of McKenzie Street is expected to commence in January 2017 and be completed in October 2017.

For more information about the Melton Town Centre Redevelopment project, visit www.melton.vic.gov.au/towncentre