– The rail precinct master plan was adopted by council in 2009 and a concept design was launched in 2011.
– Some aspects of the project have already been constructed including new toilets and a clock-tower.
– Work to place power lines underground is underway.
– Detailed designs and drawings for the rest of the project have been completed in preparation for the tender process.
– A review launched in December 2012 has prevented the project from progressing further. It is due to be finished on 25 March.
Features of the revamp:
– New two-storey public building including library, meeting rooms and cafe.
– Youth precinct including skate park.
– A link to the Yallourn rail trail.
– Picnic and barbecue areas.
– Bus interchange.
Design changes between 2009 and 2011:
– A proposed pavilion in the master plan has been replaced with a public toilet and bus shelter which have already been delivered.
– The civic hub building has been moved slightly to the east to better connect with Moore Street.
– The commercial area to the east is now a ‘pocket park’ incorporating public lawn and connection to a rooftop garden.
– Incorporation of the playground, barbecue facilities and linear park into the previously shown public open space area.
– The skate park and active space area is now part of a youth precinct which is designed to include space for rollerblading, basketball, events, seating, art and grassed areas.
– Public parking in the east has been moved further east, allowing more space for the playground, linear park and youth precinct.
– A proposed footbridge from the civic plaza to the train station has been removed.