Mall redevelopment a game changer

ONE STEP CLOSER… Local Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Seema Abdullah and Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, John Anderson delighted with the Mall progress. Photo: Steve Hutcheson

The redevelopment of the Shepparton Maude Street Mall was recently given a huge boost by the Federal Government and Greater Shepparton City Council with the announcement of $8.5M funding on a dollar for dollar basis taking it to a $17M project.

It’s one giant step closer to being a reality with a likely start in early 2021.

The announcement comes after a concerted effort by Council, Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum and the Shepparton Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

The Chamber, which represents more than 200 businesses, of which many are located in the CBD, has been working with Council, Damian Drum MP and many local businesses who would be directly affected by the redevelopment.

“This game-changing project will help transform Shepparton’s central business district and ensure our productive and vibrant region remains strong, resilient and prosperous in the long term and I look forward to seeing the project boost economic prosperity,” said Mr Drum.

Mr Drum said the funding was part of the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, where drought-affected communities were targeted for support.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Seema Abdullah said the project would now be fast tracked through the Council process to see the development construction starting in the new year.

Chamber president, John Anderson was elated with the recent announcement and delighted that the vision was coming to fruition with Council refining the plans to the Mall upgrade.

“We are thrilled as a Chamber to be working closely with Councillors and Council staff, who have been close to the project to helping make it happen,” John said.

“The finishing touches to the revised plans of the redevelopment of the Maude Street Mall are likely to be completed soon,” John added.