Feedback from more than 1000 residents and businesses has helped further shape plans for the $6 million Powerhouse precinct redevelopment.

The design team has taken this feedback and incorporated it into revised plans for the precinct, which will be considered by Councillors on Wednesday night.

The revised plans include several key changes including:
• Shippy’s cafe has the option to remain at its present location or relocate to another site within the new precinct
• Public toilets will be located to the rear of the precinct, towards the Langtree connection, and will be screened to ensure they are in keeping with the visual amenity of area
• Less interruption to Murray River views
• Inclusion of a kitchen to the side of the Powerhouse for events and functions, which will avoid taking up space within the building.

Mildura Mayor Jason Modica thanked the community and stakeholders for their feedback.

“The whole idea behind putting the concept designs for this important precinct out for public comment is to ensure the final product reflects what our residents and businesses want to see in this area,” Cr Modica said.

“It was pleasing to see the strong and very clear feedback we received, which has allowed us to further hone the designs.”

Owner and operator of the popular Shippy’s cafe Michael Shipsides was among the key stakeholders in the precinct to provide feedback.

“It’s been encouraging to see the rigour and level of community input that’s been applied to these concept designs,” he said.

“We obviously provided our input into this process, but it was great to see the strong interest and support from the community for this precinct and our place within it.
“These revised plans are a step in the right direction and I look forward to continuing to work with Council as this precinct takes shape.”

Main works on the Powerhouse precinct redevelopment are expected to start in the middle of this year.

The project is jointly-funded through the Victorian Government’s Crisis Committee of Cabinet Infrastructure Stimulus Fund ($5 million), Council ($500,000) and the Victorian Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund ($500,000).