Brimbank City Council and the Sunshine Business Association together with the Parliamentary Secretary for Justice, local traders and community members today celebrated the completion of $20,000 worth of lighting improvements in Sunshine.
LED weatherproof sensor lights have been installed under the shop awnings on Hampshire Road, between Sunshine Railway Station and Devonshire Road.
The works were funded by grants from the Victorian Government’s to Brimbank City Council and the Sunshine Business Association (SBA), who coordinated the project's delivery.
The upgrade will encourage more pedestrian movement and greater business patronage in the area between Sunshine Railway Station and the town centre after dark.
“Better street lighting helps encourages more evening activity and also improve perceptions of safety in the Sunshine Town Centre,” Chair of Brimbank Administrators John Watson said.
Ongoing Commitment to Safety in Sunshine
Chair of Brimbank Administrators John Watson said that the works reflect Council's and local traders' ongoing commitment to revitalise Sunshine’s CBD at night.
This is the second consecutive year that Council and the Sunshine Business Association have delivered a shared community safety initiative supported by the Victorian Government.
In 2015 Council and the Sunshine Business Association worked closely with businesses to increase lighting around shops in Clarke Street, McDonald Lane, and Mann Place, as part of the ‘Light Up Sunshine’ program.
“This lighting upgrade also complements the $1.8 works public realm and street lighting upgrade, completed a few months ago as stage one of the Hampshire Road Master Plan, which is transforming Sunshine Town Centre,” Mr Watson said.
SBA President Bruce White said that local business owners were supportive of improving street lighting to open Sunshine for business at night.
“The SBA was very pleased to support the delivery of this lighting upgrade along Hampshire Road, which adds to the efforts made last year to enhance lighting in the Sunshine Town Centre which focused on Clarke Street, Mann Place and McDonald Lane.
“We expect this lighting upgrade will continue to help improve safety for people leaving work after dark, and help create a night-time culture where people feel they can shop, and come out and dine.
“We also expect it will improve business by making people feel more comfortable within Sunshine,” Mr White said.