Tarwin Street facelift

A TOWN square-like concept could see part of Tarwin Street in Morwell become a pedestrian and cycling friendly area.

Using $50,000 of funding through VicHealth’s Community Activation Program, Latrobe City plans to transform the space to become a community hub and encourage physical activity.

This will involve using an additional $80,000 grant to deliver events with renowned arts groups such as Australian Ballet, Melbourne Arts Centre and Circus Oz.

“We are hoping to provide a boost to the city of Morwell and the central business district,” Latrobe City mayor Dale Harriman said.

“It will be an attraction for those people to enjoy the events.

“It also gives us the option to rollout to other towns in Latrobe City and run similar events over there over coming summers.”

Synthetic grass, temporary landscapes, outdoor furniture and physical fitness classes are among the suggested changes, set to go ahead following community feedback.

It’s based on The Heart Foundation’s ‘Good for Busine$$’ discussion paper, which highlights how walkers and cyclers are more likely to stop at shops and spend money.

“It’s creating a space where people can meet, have a coffee, socialise and relax,” Latrobe City Councillor Graeme Middlemiss said.

Over six months from late-November or early-December, the northbound lane from the median break through to Commercial Road, will be closed to vehicular traffic and four carspaces will be removed.

Latrobe City will advertise the road closure from today, while seeking feedback from VicRoads and residents.

The pilot project is intended to go ahead after councillors consider any public submissions at their ordinary council meeting on Monday, 16 November.