THE $266,000 works to enhance the entrance to Echuca on Ogilvie Ave will start on Monday.
Responding to community interest the Campaspe Shire Council has taken on the role of driving and funding the project despite the road being VicRoads managed.
‘‘Whilst Ogilvie Avenue is a VicRoads owned and managed asset, council acknowledges the importance of a visually appealing town entrance for both visitors and locals and has chosen to fund the project,’’ mayor Adrian Weston said.
The project will involve a complete underground power upgrade, removal of existing trees and the planting of new vegetation along the median strip on Ogilvie Ave, between the Northern Hwy roundabout and Crossen St.
‘‘The underground power upgrade is a large component of the works,’’ Cr Weston said. ‘‘The median strips have been divided into 10 metre sections, with vegetation to be planted in an alternating pattern.’’
Following community consultation in the summer of 2015/16, five options were presented to the community with the preferred option now progressing.
Sensation Maple trees will be planted, a slight variation to the originally chosen ‘Pistacia Chinesis’ due to its unavailability.
Garden beds will consist of Leucadendron Yellow Devil, a dense shrub with golden colour plantings, and Daylily Stella Bella, golden yellow flowers best known for its hardiness, beauty and reliability.
The selected ground cover to be planted is the Creeping Boobialla, an evergreen shrub that flowers white and purple.
‘‘Hardy trees, ground cover plants and flowering shrubs will add colour to the strip,’’ Cr Weston said.
‘‘All have been carefully selected to complement each other and are best suited to the Northern Victoria climate.
‘‘Each need little water and are very self-sufficient.’’
Works are anticipated to take five weeks to complete with only minor disruptions to traffic and no detours required.