Works to Begin on Port Fairy’s Railway Place Precinct

Published on 11 October 2021

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Port Fairy’s Railway Place is set to become a community hub for both residents and visitors, with new play elements, accessible paths, seating, a bike repair station and free Wi-Fi zone as part of the open space project.   

The plans to enhance the public space at Railway Place also includes works to conserve the exterior of the Heritage Railway Goods Shed.

Moyne Shire Mayor, Cr Daniel Meade said the proposed plans have been developed in line with Council’s Community Vision of creating vibrant, connected communities. 

“The Railway Place precinct project will not only enhance the visual appeal of the space, but will also create a sense of connection for visitors and the community to come together, sit down and relax, enjoy a coffee while the kids play, or grab a bike and link up with the Rail Trail,” Cr Meade said.

“With the precinct already used by the community and farmer’s markets, it was important that the new plans support these events and nearby businesses, while also providing an inclusive and dynamic space for people to visit and enjoy.”

“Key features of the project include accessible paths, free Wi-Fi, all-abilities play elements including a tipi carousel, bicycle-themed art installations, and a bike repair station including stands, pump and tools to support users of the Rail Trail and the VIC’s bike hire service.”

A Conservation Management Plan for the Railway Goods Shed has now been completed, which supports a Heritage Victoria permit application for exterior conservation works.

“Council is really excited to get the ball rolling on maintenance and conservation works at the historic Goods Shed site in Port Fairy,” Cr Meade said.

“The proposed works include repairs to the timber platform and doors, weather proofing and electrical services to meet fire regulations and replacement of cladding where existing materials can’t be salvaged.”   

“The Goods Shed is a beloved asset to the community and Council is pleased to prioritise funding for these works through its annual budget and an allocation from the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program.”   

“The new Railway Place precinct will help define this landmark site, with long-term benefits of a safer, revitalised and well-connected space that is bound to appeal to local residents and visitors.”

The open space works are scheduled to start at Railway Place from Monday, 11 October and are expected to be completed by the summer holiday period. 

The Goods Shed conservation works will commence following a permit approval from Heritage Victoria and completion of a public tender process for suitably qualified contractors.

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