Dimboola theatre owner welcomes Lochiel Street redevelopment plans

A DIMBOOLA property owner has welcomed the final concept plans for the redevelopment of Lochiel Street's west end.

Mary Clarke and her husband Ken own the Star Theatre, which is within the proposed makeover zone.

She hopes Hindmarsh Shire Council's plans will make the area more attractive to tourists.

"I'm excited that the redevelopment will create an entrance way to the river area, which Dimboola does not have at the moment," Mrs Clarke said.

The plans focus on the stretch of Lochiel Street between Lloyd Street and Old Weir Lane, opening into the Nine Creeks reserve.

Council has proposed the construction of a timber arbour and deck outside the Star Theatre, as well as an open space for people to gather.

The plans also feature an artistic marker of the original survey point for the township.

Mrs Clarke said council's vision complemented hers and Mr Clarke's plans for the Star Theatre's future.

The couple, who also own Dimboola eatery Mason Clarke Preserving Co, bought the property two years ago with the intention to restore it.

"We want to make it a public space again that can be used for performances, or as a venue that can be hired out for a host of purposes," Mrs Clarke said.

"It will take a few years to develop."

With most of the items the couple inherited from the previous owner cleared, Mrs Clarke said work could begin.

"We're going to start renovating room by room," she said.

Car parking spaces, a concrete footpath, paving and culvert upgrades are among improvements in the Lochiel Street redevelopment concept.

Council community and economic development manager Phil King said the plans were revised following a community meeting on October 24.

"One of the main issues raised by the community was the limited availability of car parking spaces for members of the SES and Masonic Lodge because of the proposed inclusion of a rain garden drainage system and landscaping works," he said.

The rain garden system has been replaced with traditional kerb drainage and revised landscape improvements.

He encouraged people to review the plan and provide feedback to council before January 17.

The plan is displayed in the window of Dimboola's Dim-e-Shop.

Detailed design and construction plans will be prepared this month.

Mr King said council expected the project to cost about $200,000.

Council applied for a State Government grant last year.

"We're hoping to have a response by February," Mr King said.

Council expects work to begin in March.

"We're getting all the plans finalised and ready so when we do get funding we can hit the ground running," Mr King said.

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