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New Franklin Street footpath link completed

A new footpath linking the Traralgon CBD with the Franklin Park Estate came into service this week

By Latrobe City Council - 26th July 2001 - Back to News

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A new footpath linking the Traralgon CBD with the Franklin Park Estate came into service this week, with contractors giving it the final clean sweep on Tuesday.

The footpath has been constructed from Davidson Street beside the tennis courts, crossing to the east side of Franklin Street, and then connecting with the existing footpath network in the Franklin Park development.

Latrobe City Mayor, Councillor Brendan Jenkins, said provision of the footpath was in response to a community concern about the lack of a safe pedestrian link between the town centre and the new residential estate, and Council had acted to ensure residents were provided with the same quality of access that other Traralgon citizens could enjoy.

"Franklin Park is a rapidly expanding residential area within walking distance of the town, and new residents, particularly those with prams or pushers, and young children with bicycles, need safe access. The footpath and associated pedestrian lighting has been high on the Council’s agenda, and we are pleased that the construction stage of the project has now been completed," Cr Jenkins said.

"Not only do residents now have better access to the CBD, but children can now access the skateboard park, tennis complex and the sports facilities in Harold Preston Park much more safely," Cr Jenkins added.

"The final stage, which is the footpath lighting, is imminent. Council has authorised and ordered the lighting from TXU, and expects its installation within the next thirty days, Cr Jenkins added.

"Issues were raised in early discussions as to whether the responsibility for building the footpath was totally Council’s or in part the developer of the new residential area. Clearly the funding responsibility needed to be sorted out in the interests of Latrobe’s ratepayers. However, understanding the priority of the pedestrian connection, Council moved to establish responsibility as soon as possible. It is to Council’s great satisfaction that the footpath has now become a reality," Cr Jenkins concluded.


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