Camberwell Shopping Strip recieves $100,000 boost

In great news this week Boroondara Council’s proposed Camberwell Highfield Streetscape Improvements will recieve $100,000 in funding from the State Government. This is an excellent boost for our local businesses as we begin the journey to reopening. The on-ground works will create local jobs, while supporting local businesses, including retailers, cafes, restaurants and service providers.

Boroondara Council describes the details of the project writing:

“The improvements are intended to enhance the shopping centre’s appearance and character and create a safe, functional and pedestrian-friendly environment. It is anticipated these measures will improve user satisfaction and support local businesses by creating an attractive setting for customers to enjoy.”

The draft concept plan aims to:

  • create opportunities for longer stays with public spaces for sitting, relaxing and outdoor eating
  • enhance the green, leafy character and streetscape appearance with new plantings and the use of consistent materials and street furniture
  • improve pedestrian amenity with new footpath surfaces, furniture and shade from trees.

To create these new public spaces and garden beds, it is proposed to widen the footpath in some sections of the shopping centre. There will be no change to the current number of car parks.

Read more information about the project on the Boroondara Council’s website : www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/about-council/have-your-say/all-consultations/highfield-road-shopping-centre-improvements 

The upgrades to the Highfield Road Streetscape are part of the Victorian Government’s Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund. This $3 million fund is providing dozens of local suburban shopping strips with grants to stimulate business activity, support local jobs and improve both public amenity and confidence to accelerate post-coronavirus recovery.

The Victorian Government is working in partnership with local government to provide this much needed support to local businesses and the community. The Victorian Government is supporting businesses through the $534 million Business Support Package. This is in addition to $6billion in economic relief invested since the COVID-19 pandemic began.