Momentum builds at Mountain Gate Shopping Centre

View looking south-east from Mad About Pets, looking south to the local reserve and east up the Cruiseway.

View looking south-east from Mad About Pets, looking south to the local reserve and east up the Cruiseway.

Changes are underway at Mountain Gate Shopping Centre with major works to begin after Easter.

Since January, a new pedestrian crossing to the toilets has been constructed; a new taxi pick up and drop off point installed; and new public toilets and bus shelters are well on the way to being completed by mid April.
A special art project will also be completed by the end of June.

Upgrade of the Cruiseway
After two years of consulting, planning, designing and securing the 1.2 million dollars required, the major works to upgrade the Cruiseway will start in mid April. The detailed plan is located on the window of the Old Post Office opposite Coles. The new works include:

  • A new footpath designed for functional safety
  • New garden beds with more shade trees
  • A new Town Square to make meeting friends easier
  • A new play area to entertain the children
  • New street furniture to make shopping easier and more convenient

The works will be completed over several months.

The contractors will install a temporary compound near the new public toilets which will require a portion of the carpark to be fenced off. Traffic management arrangements will be in place. Throughout the construction period, Knox Council Staff will do their utmost to ensure disruption to shoppers and traders is kept to a minimum. There will be regular
communication to keep everyone informed on the works.

Council anticipates the construction to be completed by November 2015.

New toilets and bus shelters
The new toilets and bus shelters are nearly completed.
The old toilets have been replaced by modern and safer facilities. They include two unisex family friendly toilets with baby change table and two unisex accessible toilets.
In addition there are new bus shelters which are now closer to the kerb and separate
from the public toilets. A new pedestrian crossing has also been installed to provide safe access to the toilets.

Wall to Wall Mentoring Program
The Euro Bakehouse Café wall will soon be transformed with a locally inspired aerosol art mural as part of the Wall to Wall Mentoring Program. This project is a collaborative and innovative community mentoring program funded by the Department of Justice, which seeks to improve public areas and community safety through the use of art in public spaces.

This project is led by renowned international artist Andrew Bourke in collaboration with Council, Fairhills Secondary College and the Mountain Gate Business Association.

Six Year Ten students from Fairhills Secondary College have been working with Andrew and the Mountain Gate Business Association to decide on a theme for the Euro Bakehouse Café wall.They presented the draft drawings to the Business Association. Once the drawing is finalised, Andrew will create a more detailed concept drawing which will be painted on the wall by the students and artist.
It is anticipated that the mural will be completed by the end of June.

Further Information
If you have any questions, please contact Jane Kuchins from Knox City Council on 9298 8000 or email jane.kuchins@knox.vic.gov.au
You can also visit Council’s website.

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