Restoring our pride in South Grafton

FEATURING beautiful heritage buildings and a riverside location, South Grafton's town centre has always had the potential to be a vibrant shopping precinct.

That potential is about to be realised with work on Clarence Valley Council's $2 million beautification project scheduled to start next month.

The upgrade has been a few years in the planning and follows extensive consultation with business owners and the public.

The plan has been designed to retain the area's heritage and cultural value while enhancing its lifestyle and shopping qualities.

Upgrades include new lighting, kerbing, paving, tree plantings, artwork and street furniture, a median strip and pedestrian crossing on Skinner Street, and a cafe facility and new amenities block near the river.

The design plan incorporates principles of crime prevention, including increased street lighting, increased casual surveillance and minimised opportunities for concealment.

Skinner Street will also benefit from new drainage work, the installation of underground powerlines, a new bus stop outside the Emporium Cafe, line markings for car spaces and a median strip for delivery truck parking.

Stage One of the project will concentrate on works between Through Street and Spring Street at an estimated cost of $1.3m. The Federal Government has contribution $1m to the cost through its Better Regions Program and Clarence Valley Council is providing the remaining $300,000.

Council's environmental and economic services deputy general manager Des Schroder estimated the entire project would cost about $2 million.

The work will be completed in stages over the next few years.

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