Prime Minister Kevin Rudd with Federal MP for Page, Janelle Saffin in 2007.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd with Federal MP for Page, Janelle Saffin in 2007. The Northern Star

Upgrade ready to be rolled out

THE $1.3million rejuvenation project for the Skinner Street retail district in South Grafton has been given the official green light by Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin

Ms Saffin said the Federal Government would provide $1.1 million (GST inclusive) to the project, honouring her election commitment under the $176-million Better Regions Program.

Joining her at the launch outside the South Grafton Emporium was Clarence Valley Mayor Cr Richie Williamson, whose council is contributing $300,000 to the CBD revitalisation.

Ms Saffin said the project would implement the initial stages of the South Grafton Streetscape Masterplan developed by the council in consultation with the local community.

“Revitalising Skinner Street will help create a unique selling point that will encourage tourism and improve retail opportunities, by providing a safer and more pleasant streetscape,” she said.

“The work includes upgrading kerbs, widening pavements, improving drainage and lighting, as well as providing extensive landscaping, street furniture and public art.”

Ms Saffin praised the co-operation between council's economic development co-ordinator Liz Fairweather and key stakeholders.

Ms Saffin said she was aware the South Grafton Residents' Progress Association, through its president Tony Wade and secretary Laurie Marchant and South Grafton Business Network members like Annie Dodd had worked hard to make sure the upgrade would be met with public approval.

While she was in town the MP also took the opportunity to meet with Clarence Valley councillors and senior staff to discuss issues in the southern end of the Page electorate.



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