Kilmore streetscape rejuvenation

CLOSED: This consultation has now closed. For more information on this project please contact Council's Economic Development team on 5734 6200.

Artist impression of Sydney Street aerial view

Mitchell Shire Council is preparing to begin a $3.37 million streetscape upgrade in Sydney Street, Kilmore between Clarke Street and Bourke Street.

The project will breathe new life into Kilmore’s historic commercial precinct, renew civic pride and help to support businesses and jobs.

What's planned?

  • New colourful trees and plants
  • New and enhanced pedestrian crossing points
  • New stone paving at the pedestrian crossing points
  • New and enhanced street furniture
  • A new heritage colour scheme
  • A reduction in Sydney Street parking, but improved signage to nearby parking
  • Slight changes to heritage light poles (heritage style for existing poles)
  • Promotional banners and motifs
  • Town entry signs (design only)

Information and input

You can view the streetscape and town sign plans here. We're seeking input on:

  • the heritage colours
  • signs
  • town motifs
  • historic stories.

Closes 9am, Tuesday 17 August.

More detailed plans

  • Information display
    • 29 July to 13 August at Kilmore Customer and Library Service Centre, 12 Sydney Street
  • Online information session (registrations essential, register here)
    • Wednesday 28 July, 12pm to 12.45pm (note this has been changed to an online information session)
  • Drop-ins: Kilmore Customer and Library Service Centre, 12 Sydney Street
    • Saturday 31 July, 9am to 12 noon
    • Thursday 5 August, 4pm to 7.30pm

These sessions are subject to COVID-safe settings at the time.

FUNDING PARTNERS

The project is funded through the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund, Regional Infrastructure Fund and Mitchell Shire Council.

PROJECT CONTACT

Contact Council's Economic Development Team on 5734 6200.

Mitchell Shire Council is preparing to begin a $3.37 million streetscape upgrade in Sydney Street, Kilmore between Clarke Street and Bourke Street.

The project will breathe new life into Kilmore’s historic commercial precinct, renew civic pride and help to support businesses and jobs.

What's planned?

  • New colourful trees and plants
  • New and enhanced pedestrian crossing points
  • New stone paving at the pedestrian crossing points
  • New and enhanced street furniture
  • A new heritage colour scheme
  • A reduction in Sydney Street parking, but improved signage to nearby parking
  • Slight changes to heritage light poles (heritage style for existing poles)
  • Promotional banners and motifs
  • Town entry signs (design only)

Information and input

You can view the streetscape and town sign plans here. We're seeking input on:

  • the heritage colours
  • signs
  • town motifs
  • historic stories.

Closes 9am, Tuesday 17 August.

More detailed plans

  • Information display
    • 29 July to 13 August at Kilmore Customer and Library Service Centre, 12 Sydney Street
  • Online information session (registrations essential, register here)
    • Wednesday 28 July, 12pm to 12.45pm (note this has been changed to an online information session)
  • Drop-ins: Kilmore Customer and Library Service Centre, 12 Sydney Street
    • Saturday 31 July, 9am to 12 noon
    • Thursday 5 August, 4pm to 7.30pm

These sessions are subject to COVID-safe settings at the time.

FUNDING PARTNERS

The project is funded through the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund, Regional Infrastructure Fund and Mitchell Shire Council.

PROJECT CONTACT

Contact Council's Economic Development Team on 5734 6200.

CLOSED: This consultation has now closed. For more information on this project please contact Council's Economic Development team on 5734 6200.

  • About the project

    A summary of the plans can be viewed here with information about:

    • Clarke Street to Union Street
    • Union Street to Bourke Street
    • Trees
    • Parking
    • Heritage colours
    • Signage, banners and promotional motif
    • Historic stories

    You can also download the plans. More detailed plans will be on display at the Kilmore Library and at the drop in sessions.

  • Signs, banners and town motifs

    The community has told Council that it would like to see the existing town entry signs at either end of Kilmore replaced with a larger, more noticeable and more visually appealing signs.

    Therefore, and as an extension of the work to upgrade the public realm and streetscape within Sydney Street, Council has commissioned a specialist signage company to come up with options for:

    > New town entry signs (to replace the existing small wooden signs)

    > New town centre precinct gateway signs

    > New designs for banners to be suspended from the lamp posts in the historic core

    Council recognises the opportunity for new signs and banners to have a major impact on Kilmore’s sense of identity and on the first impression created for visitors to Kilmore.

    The signage document provides further information on each design concept and the inspiration and thinking that has contributed to each design. The document is available in electronic form online at Engaging Mitchell or in hard copy from Kilmore Library.

    We would like to hear your views on the proposed concepts.

    It is important to note that the preferred concepts for the town entry signs and Sydney Street precinct signs will be decided as part of this project, they won’t be installed as part of this project. We are exploring external funding opportunities for this work.

    The banners are included in the streetscape works. Subject to funding, there will be an option to evolve and change the banner designs every few years. While we will use the most durable materials possible, it is inevitable that the wind, sun and rain take their toll on banner fabric and that they will need to be periodically replaced. This will create the opportunity to evolve or update the designs for the banners over time.

    Council is still in the design phase for the new signs and banners. Council has received funding to enable it to install new banners as part of the Sydney Street Kilmore Rejuvenation . Council is looking at funding options, including potential federal or state government grant funding opportunities. Further discussions would then take place around location and consideration for replacing the existing event and service club signs.

  • Historic stories

    Location 1: Red Mail Box – Mill Street Mall

    The Mail Run - "my track to Kilmore"

    • The first contract to transport mail from Sydney to Melbourne left on 30 December 1837, arriving a fortnight later.
    • Overlanders from New South Wales used the route through Kilmore, which was part of the mail run between Melbourne and Sydney.
    • The post box outside No. 38 Sydney Street is an example of an authentic Victorian-era post box (although it may not be the first one placed on the site).

    Location 2: Oddfellows Café

    Oddfellows / Astor Theatre - A building of many memories.

    • Home of "new generation dancing" in late 1800s
    • Cinema for community & Home of local debutante ball centrally heated by a burning drum placed internally 1930s - 1960s
    • Hardware and Furniture store 1960s
    • Have a look at the back of the building for original signage

    Location 3: Suggestions wanted

    1855 Old Township Plan

    • The 1855 Plan of the Old Township of Kilmore shows numerous buildings fronting Sydney Street, and a few in Patrick Street, in the Town Centre Precinct. Some are named, including: Bank, Dunrobin Castle Inn, Red Lion Inn, Royal Oak Inn and Kilmore Inn
    • In 1856 the occupants of Sydney Street included
      • labourers (15)
      • banker (1)
      • shoemakers (5)
      • undertakers (2)
      • lodging house keeper (1)
      • store keeper/shop keeper (15)
      • hotel keeper/inn keeper (2)
      • merchant (1)
      • joiner (1)
      • solicitor (1)
      • butchers (3)
      • hairdresser (1)
      • builder (1)
      • blacksmiths (3)
      • farmers (9)
      • gentlemen (5)
      • contractor (1)
      • accountant (1)
      • miller (1)
      • watchmakers (2)
      • carrier (1)
      • livery-stable keepers (2)
      • tailor and draper (1)
      • tinplate worker (1)
      • auctioneer (1)
      • saddler (1).

    Location 4: 39 Sydney St.

    An address of many identities

    • Early 1850s this site was occupied by a steam-operated flour mill
    • 1883 The Colonel Bank is built and begins to trade from this address
    • Continues to operate as financial institution until 1942
    • Later occupied by the Kilmore Free Press and an infant welfare centre.

    Location 5: 70 Sydney St

    Black Bull Hotel and Stores

    • Wholesale and Retail grocer, Ironmonger, wine and spirit merchant
    • Described in 1867:
      • The place is, without exception, the most compact and useful building in the town, and its standing in our main street not only serves to beautify the place, but reflects the highest credit upon the spirited proprietor under whose personal supervision the structure was completed.