Street heads in a new direction
SOUTH Grafton business operators are excited following confirmation that the $1.35 million Skinner Street revitalisation project will be completed by early August.
Owner of the South Grafton Emporium Annie Dodd said the works were a timely facelift for the historic precinct.
“Business owners are feeling good about the place and they are hoping that when it is finished they will see an increase in trade,” she said.
“We have had so many people come in and say it is such a lovely area with beautiful historic buildings.”
Mrs Dodd said it was now time for locals to come on board and support South Grafton businesses.
“Visitors really appreciate Skinner Street and what’s on offer; locals seem to be a little reticent to what’s on offer,” she said.
“We would like to encourage all locals to share in the Skinner Street experience.”
The aesthetics of the commercial centre between Through Street and Spring Street have been improved by the relocation of water mains, installation of new drainage and running the power lines underground.
Crews are currently working frantically to finish new footpath paving, upgrade median strips with coloured stencilled asphalt, finalise new kerb-and-guttering and install extensive landscaping and new street furnishings.
The Federal Government provided $1.2 million for the project with Clarence Valley Council chipping in the additional funds.
Mayor Richie Williamson said Council was pleased with the work completed so far.
“Councillors, staff and our design consultant have worked closely with the business community in South Grafton in bringing to reality a design that meets the expectations of the business sector and the broader community,” he said.
“South Grafton is a hidden gem and this project will showcase its heritage buildings and its easy-going, slightly eccentric charm.”