THE FIRST shovel is in the ground at Crescent Head, marking the beginning of a major upgrade on Rankine St.
With approved funding of $800,000 from the Federal Government and $76,000 from Kempsey Shire Council, this marks the first stage of the Crescent Head renewal plan.
The revitalisation works will be to improve the footpaths, ramps, seating and landscape between Scott and East streets and is estimated to take three to four months.
Dylan Reeves, the manager of infrastructure delivery, is confident about the project.
"There has been a lot of forward planning and thought put into the finishes and style and we are really excited to be delivering this. The extent of the works is removing everything from the shopfronts out to the road, and replacing it," he said.
Crescent Head resident Paul Hayllar was stoked with the proposed works. "We've been pushing for this for about seven years and I think it's great, it will bring it up to scratch and make it a pleasant place to dine and hang around.
"I think it's been about 30 or 40 years since the last upgrades have been done around here."
With the recent announcement that the Crescent Head Foreshore Plan has been delayed 24 months for renewed consultation, mayor Liz Campbell was pleased to highlight the 'first stage' works.
"The start of this project for Crescent Head is really wonderful to see, I've been coming here for over 60 years and I know that on my term of council we have been trying to work towards a master plan to get things to take us into the future," Cr Campbell said.
"I'm really conscious that we don't want to change the essence of Crescent Head and that's why there has been so much planning that has gone into this. We have talked to the community and there has been broad acceptance on the work towards Rankine St," Cr Campbell said.
Council will require further funding from the Federal Government to complete stage two of the renewal plan, which is focused on upgrading main street.
Federal Member Pat Conaghan was happy with what this project meant for the community. "I'm pleased to say that there will be between five to 10 local independent contractors over the next few months."
"By providing better amenities and having that outdoor seating and disabled access means you are able to provide more customers, more money going through the business, and as we know with micro economies in smaller towns, that money will reach other small businesses and it's a great thing all round," Mr Conaghan said.
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