Why is council undertaking this project?

    This project will support Bruthen’s transition from a timber-town to a tourism hub and important gateway to far-east Gippsland and beyond. The works will facilitate new investment and growth in the town, generate jobs and support the continued population growth in the areas immediately surrounding the town. The improvements will enhance the functionality of the main street and improving public spaces to bring more people to local businesses, and encouraging visitors and travelers to ‘stop, stay and spend’.

    Who is funding the project?

    The total budget for the project is $1.5 million – With contributions of $1.01 million provided by The Victorian Government through the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions and $490,000 from East Gippsland Shire Council’s capital works budget 2021/22

    Will any trees be removed within the Main street?

    Council will endeavor to protect and maintain the existing Elm Trees. Modifications to existing gardens will take place with some being removed or rejuvenated.

    When will construction start?

    The start date of the construction has not been determined yet as East Gippsland Shire Council is still only at concept stage of the project.

    Has council consulted with the community on this project?

    East Gippsland Shire Council undertook a workshop consultation on the project in early November 2020 with residents and businesses along the main street.   Since then, Council has established a reference group and moving forward Council will be going out to public consultation, the exact dates for this will be determined in the coming months.

    How can I get more information?

    You can get more information on the project by phoning the Project Development Officer, Ashlee Dixon-Tong on 5153 9500 or email feedback@egipps.vic.gov.au

    Who is in the reference group?

    Council has established a reference group to guide the project.  

    Members of the reference group include:

    • Bruthen and District Citizens Association
    • Gunaikurnai Land and Water Aboriginal Corporation 
    • East Gippsland Shire Council
    • Regional Roads Victoria
    • Regional Development Victoria

    Will businesses be impacted when construction works commence?

    East Gippsland Shire Council will work closely with businesses and the appointed contractors to ensure any impact to business is kept to a minimum.

    Who will be doing the work?

    At this stage, no tenders have been let for the project, but the works will be undertaken by contractors managed through East Gippsland Shire Council’s procurement processes.