Dawson Street Precinct – a place to stop, rest and move through

Mayor of Brimbank, Cr John Hedditch, officially opened the $2.6million stage one upgrade to the Dawson Street Precinct in Sunshine yesterday (14 March 2017).

In speaking at the opening, Cr Hedditch said the upgrade of the precinct had had a significant, positive impact on the area.

“The reworking of the on-street car park to reduce the number of driveway crossovers - alongside new footpaths, the new pedestrian shelter, lighting, and clearly marked pedestrian crossings - has significantly improved the area for both pedestrians and drivers.

“Additional plantings and street trees are now being supported by extensive raingardens that capture and treat stormwater runoff, which is a fantastic environmental outcome.

“The area now functions as a great place for people to stop, rest and move through, and is a great example of Council’s continued investment in transforming the Sunshine Town Centre, making it a key destination in the West,” Cr Hedditch said.

Next Steps

“Our next step is to get a litter education and compliance program in place with shoppers and traders to make sure the Dawson Street area remains clean, tidy and odour free and attracts people to the Sunshine Town Centre,” he added.

The project comprised:

  • New footpaths and street tree planting on both sides of Dawson Street with clearly marked pedestrian crossings;
  • Construction of a 50 metre long pedestrian shelter structure on the east side of Dawson Street to improve pedestrian amenity;
  • Installation of street lighting along the eastern side of Dawson Street and continuous LED strip lighting along the pedestrian shelter;
  • Re-working of the Council car park to the east of Dawson Street to reduce the number of driveway crossovers, and upgrade to overhead lighting to meet relevant Australian standards; and
  • Provision of high quality public spaces and extensive raingardens to improve water quality and conservation.

Total Costs

The total cost of the first stage of the Dawson Street Precinct Update was $2.6million, of which Council contributed $2.1million.

The project was further supported by:

  • The Department of Justice, which provided $250,000 via the Safety Infrastructure Fund for lighting and pedestrian amenity shelter
  • Melbourne Water which contributed a $250,000 Living Rivers Grant for raingarden infrastructure.

The next stage of works planned will improve the connection between the area and the Sunshine Leisure Centre, and provide a green space including informal play areas.