Orbost Streetscape Project

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The stage two upgrade of Nicholson Street in Orbost is expected to be completed by the end of July 2019.

The main streetscape works include improvements to the footpaths, tree planting, retaining walls, furniture and general streetscape amenity between the kerb and shopfronts.

Local contractor J W Volk Pty Ltd is undertaking the project, which is funded by East Gippsland Shire Council as part of the 2018-19 $41 million capital works budget.


The streetscape infrastructure of Nicholson Street was ageing and there were safety and management issues with the existing footpaths, existing street trees and pedestrian crossing points.

The project

The stage two upgrade of Nicholson Street in Orbost is expected to be completed by the end of July 2019.

The main streetscape works include improvements to the footpaths, tree planting, retaining walls, furniture and general streetscape amenity between the kerb and shopfronts.

Local contractor J W Volk Pty Ltd is undertaking the project, which is funded by East Gippsland Shire Council as part of the 2018-19 $41 million capital works budget.


The streetscape infrastructure of Nicholson Street was ageing and there were safety and management issues with the existing footpaths, existing street trees and pedestrian crossing points.

The project covers the main shopping precinct between Ruskin and Salisbury Streets.

Anyone wanting to receive updates on the project can register for the Orbost Connect e-newsletter.

  • Streetscape ahead of schedule

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    over 1 year ago

    Streetscape improvements on the eastern side of Nicholson Street, Orbost are progressing well less than two months into the project.

    The $1.7 million stage two of Nicholson Street upgrades includes improvements to the footpaths, tree planting, retaining walls, furniture and general streetscape amenity, between the kerb line and the shopfronts.

    Being completed in sections, work started at the Post Office corner with the aim to have the streetscape completed to the pedestrian crossing by Christmas. However, Council’s contractors are ahead of the program and have now started on a section north of the pedestrian crossing.

    Mayor, Cr Natalie O’Connell said...

    Streetscape improvements on the eastern side of Nicholson Street, Orbost are progressing well less than two months into the project.

    The $1.7 million stage two of Nicholson Street upgrades includes improvements to the footpaths, tree planting, retaining walls, furniture and general streetscape amenity, between the kerb line and the shopfronts.

    Being completed in sections, work started at the Post Office corner with the aim to have the streetscape completed to the pedestrian crossing by Christmas. However, Council’s contractors are ahead of the program and have now started on a section north of the pedestrian crossing.

    Mayor, Cr Natalie O’Connell said the contractors were aiming to complete this additional section of footpath and retaining wall prior to stopping work in mid-December.

    “Works were initially to include a pedestrian refuge in the centre of the road between the Post Office and National Australia Bank, however this component has not been included in response to further discussions with freight operators.

    “Council understands the need for the design to be functional and with larger trucks now using this intersection, the decision was made to not hinder truck turning movements. The crossing with its new outstands will still offer a high degree of pedestrian safety,” Cr O’Connell said.

    Works will stop on Saturday, December 15 to minimise disruption over the busy holiday period. The project will recommence on Sunday, February 3, 2019.

    The project is fully-funded by council as part of its capital works program.


  • Southern side near completion

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    over 2 years ago

    Nicholson Street Upgrade, Orbost: Project update

    • Red concrete will be poured beneath Commonwealth Hotel this week.

    • The southern section of works along Nicholson Street, Orbost are nearing completion. Street furniture to be installed in the coming weeks’. See the document below for progress photos.

    • Access to shops will be kept open during construction phase, if there is a necessity for the access to be closed at any time the contractor will be in discussions with the shop trader to negotiate an appropriate time.

    • Pedestrian access will always be maintained with minor traffic implications on Nicholson Street.


    View the progress photos here.


    Nicholson Street Upgrade, Orbost: Project update

    • Red concrete will be poured beneath Commonwealth Hotel this week.

    • The southern section of works along Nicholson Street, Orbost are nearing completion. Street furniture to be installed in the coming weeks’. See the document below for progress photos.

    • Access to shops will be kept open during construction phase, if there is a necessity for the access to be closed at any time the contractor will be in discussions with the shop trader to negotiate an appropriate time.

    • Pedestrian access will always be maintained with minor traffic implications on Nicholson Street.


    View the progress photos here.


  • Streetscape project progressing well

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    almost 3 years ago

    For immediate release: Friday 16 June 2017

    East Gippsland Shire Council’s streetscape upgrade in Nicholson Street, Orbost is moving ahead at a steady pace following minor delays due to poor weather and the need for additional road work approvals.

    Mayor Cr Joe Rettino says the Orbost community will see real progress from now on.

    “Despite the initial delays, which have now been worked through, I am confident that we will achieve a fabulous outcome for the benefit of the whole town through this $695,000 investment,” Cr Rettino said.

    “The works are designed to get people going to the town centre to park and then walk to all the businesses they want to visit. This model of streetscape and the improved footpaths will encourage passing trade along Nicholson Street, and is based on a model of getting people to stop, stay and spend,” Cr Rettino said.

    The new streetscape will create a more pedestrian-friendly environment by creating safe pedestrian crossing points as well as address footpath hazards.

    Following the upgrade, Orbost’s main street will have a wide and even footpath that will encourage shoppers to park and walk around the central business district.

    Public seating along the street will be replaced and refreshed so customers can stop and linger in the street.

    “Council staff have been in regular discussion with individual traders and though there have been a couple of individual concerns about removal of parking, there is still overwhelming support for the works which will greatly improve and refresh the streetscape,” Cr Rettino said.

    Many of the street’s trees will be replaced as they were assessed to be in poor health.

    The types of trees to be featured in the street was one of the many aspects that formed council’s community consultation on the project.

    Feedback indicated the community wanted shade trees that were not deciduous; which was taken into consideration when selecting the species to use in the street.

    The works are being staged section by section in order to minimise disruption to businesses and the wider community.

    This means all concreting, street furniture and landscaping will be completed in one area before work moves to the next section.

    Recent works have included demolition of the pavement, new sections of kerb and preparation for the foundations of the first sections of the retaining walls.

    The project will include concrete pavement, tree and garden bed installation and street furniture including banner poles.

    “I understand traders are receiving weekly updates on the progress of the project and what works are scheduled for the following week, so that they can plan around this and also notify the contractor of any concerns about the works and the interaction with their business,” Cr Rettino said.

    “If any businesses are not receiving these regular updates they can contact council to be included in the distribution list.”

    Works along the western side of Nicholson Street are expected to be completed by the end of October, in time for the busy tourism period.

    In addition to this work, the contractors are also installing a new pathway in Forest Park, linking the Orbost Exhibition Centre and Slab Hut to the nearby public toilets.

    This will provide safe access to public toilets for the many visitors who stop at the Forest Park precinct and want to access both toilets and either the Slab Hut or exhibition centre.


    For immediate release: Friday 16 June 2017

    East Gippsland Shire Council’s streetscape upgrade in Nicholson Street, Orbost is moving ahead at a steady pace following minor delays due to poor weather and the need for additional road work approvals.

    Mayor Cr Joe Rettino says the Orbost community will see real progress from now on.

    “Despite the initial delays, which have now been worked through, I am confident that we will achieve a fabulous outcome for the benefit of the whole town through this $695,000 investment,” Cr Rettino said.

    “The works are designed to get people going to the town centre to park and then walk to all the businesses they want to visit. This model of streetscape and the improved footpaths will encourage passing trade along Nicholson Street, and is based on a model of getting people to stop, stay and spend,” Cr Rettino said.

    The new streetscape will create a more pedestrian-friendly environment by creating safe pedestrian crossing points as well as address footpath hazards.

    Following the upgrade, Orbost’s main street will have a wide and even footpath that will encourage shoppers to park and walk around the central business district.

    Public seating along the street will be replaced and refreshed so customers can stop and linger in the street.

    “Council staff have been in regular discussion with individual traders and though there have been a couple of individual concerns about removal of parking, there is still overwhelming support for the works which will greatly improve and refresh the streetscape,” Cr Rettino said.

    Many of the street’s trees will be replaced as they were assessed to be in poor health.

    The types of trees to be featured in the street was one of the many aspects that formed council’s community consultation on the project.

    Feedback indicated the community wanted shade trees that were not deciduous; which was taken into consideration when selecting the species to use in the street.

    The works are being staged section by section in order to minimise disruption to businesses and the wider community.

    This means all concreting, street furniture and landscaping will be completed in one area before work moves to the next section.

    Recent works have included demolition of the pavement, new sections of kerb and preparation for the foundations of the first sections of the retaining walls.

    The project will include concrete pavement, tree and garden bed installation and street furniture including banner poles.

    “I understand traders are receiving weekly updates on the progress of the project and what works are scheduled for the following week, so that they can plan around this and also notify the contractor of any concerns about the works and the interaction with their business,” Cr Rettino said.

    “If any businesses are not receiving these regular updates they can contact council to be included in the distribution list.”

    Works along the western side of Nicholson Street are expected to be completed by the end of October, in time for the busy tourism period.

    In addition to this work, the contractors are also installing a new pathway in Forest Park, linking the Orbost Exhibition Centre and Slab Hut to the nearby public toilets.

    This will provide safe access to public toilets for the many visitors who stop at the Forest Park precinct and want to access both toilets and either the Slab Hut or exhibition centre.


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  • Orbost Connect Autumn 2017

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    about 3 years ago

    Orbost Connect is an update from East Gippsland Shire Council on projects and programs planned for Orbost and District.

    What’s happening with the Orbost Streetscape Project?

    Since our last update to you, council officers held an on-site meeting with the contractor and traders advising of the construction start date, 27 April. Work will commence at the National Australia Bank corner, and possibly concurrently outside the Commonwealth Hotel. There may be minor disruption throughout the project; however access to the Nicholson Street businesses will be maintained. We will inform individual traders of works commencing in the immediate vicinity of their property through a weekly email bulletin.

    The construction team will demolish and reconstruct the footpath, build retaining walls and undertake drainage and kerb works. The project includes removal and planting of new trees and the installation of modern street furniture and is expected to be completed by October. Feedback from the 2016 community consultation process was considered when developing the final designs. The final construction drawings are available to view in the Your Say East Gippsland document library.

    Read the full edition of Orbost Connect online.

    Orbost Connect is an update from East Gippsland Shire Council on projects and programs planned for Orbost and District.

    What’s happening with the Orbost Streetscape Project?

    Since our last update to you, council officers held an on-site meeting with the contractor and traders advising of the construction start date, 27 April. Work will commence at the National Australia Bank corner, and possibly concurrently outside the Commonwealth Hotel. There may be minor disruption throughout the project; however access to the Nicholson Street businesses will be maintained. We will inform individual traders of works commencing in the immediate vicinity of their property through a weekly email bulletin.

    The construction team will demolish and reconstruct the footpath, build retaining walls and undertake drainage and kerb works. The project includes removal and planting of new trees and the installation of modern street furniture and is expected to be completed by October. Feedback from the 2016 community consultation process was considered when developing the final designs. The final construction drawings are available to view in the Your Say East Gippsland document library.

    Read the full edition of Orbost Connect online.

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  • February 2017 Project Update

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    over 3 years ago

    Stage One of the Orbost Streetscape project will begin after Easter.

    At its February meeting, East Gippsland Shire Council awarded the contract for the works to JW & AG Volk Pty Ltd to the value of $695,823.52.

    Stage One focuses on the western side of Nicholson Street, from McLeod to Salisbury Streets.

    The project will enhance the town centre’s rural character, creating a safer and more pedestrian-friendly area.

    Council will undertake the works in stages to minimise disruption.

    The community was involved in the design of the new streetscape, with consultation undertaken last year.

    Council will continue to work with the community on the project. We will engage with businesses, land owners and the wider community before we finalise the works schedule and will accommodate their particular needs, wherever possible.

    This is an exciting project for Orbost. Council has successfully re-energised the public spaces in central business districts in Bairnsdale and Paynesville in recent years, so I look forward to seeing the transformation in Orbost.

    The construction team will demolish and reconstruct the footpath, build retaining walls and undertake drainage and kerb works. The project includes removal and planting of new trees and the installation of modern street furniture.

    How can you stay informed?

    Anyone wanting to receive updates on the project can register for the Orbost Connect e-newsletter.

    Stage One of the Orbost Streetscape project will begin after Easter.

    At its February meeting, East Gippsland Shire Council awarded the contract for the works to JW & AG Volk Pty Ltd to the value of $695,823.52.

    Stage One focuses on the western side of Nicholson Street, from McLeod to Salisbury Streets.

    The project will enhance the town centre’s rural character, creating a safer and more pedestrian-friendly area.

    Council will undertake the works in stages to minimise disruption.

    The community was involved in the design of the new streetscape, with consultation undertaken last year.

    Council will continue to work with the community on the project. We will engage with businesses, land owners and the wider community before we finalise the works schedule and will accommodate their particular needs, wherever possible.

    This is an exciting project for Orbost. Council has successfully re-energised the public spaces in central business districts in Bairnsdale and Paynesville in recent years, so I look forward to seeing the transformation in Orbost.

    The construction team will demolish and reconstruct the footpath, build retaining walls and undertake drainage and kerb works. The project includes removal and planting of new trees and the installation of modern street furniture.

    How can you stay informed?

    Anyone wanting to receive updates on the project can register for the Orbost Connect e-newsletter.

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  • December 2016 Project Update

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    over 3 years ago

    The tender for the Orbost Streetscape Project closed in November 2016, and East Gippsland Shire Council looks forward to announcing the successful contractor in February next year.

    Work is anticipated to commence after Easter 2017 and will concentrate on the southern side of Nicholson Street and will focus on the upgrade of paving and landscaping works.

    The tender for the Orbost Streetscape Project closed in November 2016, and East Gippsland Shire Council looks forward to announcing the successful contractor in February next year.

    Work is anticipated to commence after Easter 2017 and will concentrate on the southern side of Nicholson Street and will focus on the upgrade of paving and landscaping works.