By Alesha Capone
The Woodville Park Shopping Centre in Hoppers Crossing is set to undergo a $400,000 makeover.
Wyndham council will contribute $200,000 to help modernise the centre.
The shopping centre’s body corporate will contribute $100,000 and the state government’s Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund will also provide $100,000.
Wyndham mayor Josh Gilligan said the centre upgrade would include new landscaping, pedestrian crossings, lighting and artwork.
“I am proud that council has helped secure investment in this project that will see Woodville Park Shopping Centre thrive once again, transforming it into an exciting activity centre for the whole community to enjoy,” Cr Gilligan said.
“I would like to thank the state government and local business owners for working with us to help make this a reality,” Cr Gilligan said.
Wyndham’s future focused economy portfolio holder, Cr Walter Villagonzalo, said the business community and residents would benefit from the Woodville Park centre’s revitalisation.
“This will be an important boost for small businesses during the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Cr Villagonzalo said.
Council hopes to start the upgrade works in March next year and complete them by June 2021.
Werribee MP Tim Pallas said the works at Woodville Park would create local jobs, while supporting local businesses, including retailers, cafes, restaurants and service providers.
“We are all living more locally as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and this program is providing much-needed support to local communities across Melbourne’s suburbs,” Mr Pallas said.
“The Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund is supporting local jobs and local businesses as we navigate the coronavirus pandemic.”