Natimuk landscape to be redesigned

A PLAN to redesign a section of Natimuk's landscape will be released to the public on Monday.

Project manager Carolynne Hamdorf said the $350,000 Small Town Transformations project aimed to redesign the town's central median strip between the skate park and the rotunda.

"It will be a new space that encourages coming together, eating and meeting," she said.

"The skate park is the key focus for the landscape change."

Ms Hamdorf said the landscaped area would give a greater focus to pedestrians and cyclists.

The plan will be displayed at Natimuk Post and Paper from Monday night until April 24.

A community meeting to discuss the plan will be in the Soldiers Memorial Hall on Wednesday from 7pm.

Ms Hamdorf said the project was designed to unite the community through the collaborative process.

"The brief required small towns to state how art could be used to positively transform or change an aspect of the town," she said.

She said Natimuk artists Mary French and Dave Jones, as well as sculptor Sam Deal had worked on the project after responding to ideas from the community.

"It was recognised really early in the proposal we do have diverse communities of people in the climbing, creative, farming communities, as well as long-term residents who have been here for five or six generations," she said.

"They are distinct groups and the intent of this project is to provide a space to bring them together.

"The landscape change and involving people in that process is the crux of the project.

"We've had consultation with businesses, 10 community meetings and we have also had conversations with youth, school and the aged care community.

"We've really tried to provide opportunities for the wide cross-section of the community to be involved."

Ms Hamdorf said further feedback could be given after the plan is made public.

Funding was made available for the project through Regional Arts Victoria.

Along with Natimuk, the towns of Ouyen, Avoca, Neerim South and Dookie were also successful in getting money for the project.

Ms Hamdorf said the project was expected to be finished by October.

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