Wilmington have been waiting a long time, but finally their time has come as the next big project for the Mid North will be landing in their main street.
The District Council of Mount Remarkable have been able to match a Places for People grant from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, which has all together provided the council with $280,000 to spend on creating their main street a more safe and aesthetic place.
The main street, also known as the Horrocks Highway sees a mixture of trucks and tourists using the road on a daily basis and with the original street designed to allow enough room for a wagon and horse to turn around, drivers are becoming confused.
“The way the street is configured at the moment is that there is confusion on the side strips”, Chief Executive Officer of the District Council of Mount Remarkable, Wayne Hart explained.
“The street is 33 metres wide and the safety factors are quite pronounced, especially for people with prams or people with mobility or disability issues. This large street, which is now apart of the Horrocks Highway and has large transport coming through and is also now the inland track for the tourism.”
Council will spend the next 12 months, further consulting with the community and completing construction to create a safer, more aesthetically pleasing main street, in a bid to encourage people to stop for a cuppa.
“There will be four protuberances that come out, that will give a definition of where the areas are and there will also be plantings and gardens beds, which will define where cars can pull in and more defined areas for caravans and trucks. It will take the confusion away and make it an area for people rather than just vehicles.”
Council and the Wilmington Progress Society have been working on this project together since 2012, and now that they have received funding, excitement awaits to see how the town will be after its face-lift.
Treasurer of the society, Jan Woolford says they want to move the town forward, and this project will contribute to that.
“I think [we] have a bright future and this main street is only going to enhance what is already here.”