Rutherglen Economic Revitalisation Project

The Rutherglen region is one of the oldest wine growing areas in Victoria. Once its greatest strength, this is now its greatest challenge. The town's prominence as a cornerstone destination for Victoria tourism has declined over recent years. The Rutherglen Economic Revitalisation Project will upgrade and link three key precincts in the town with flow-on benefits to the region's cyclists, pedestrians and recreation vehicle users. And of course, the two-year project will also have massive appeal to tourists. It is estimated that the project will generate 25 jobs during construction, and 29 jobs ongoing.

Council's application to the National Stronger Regions Fund in late 2015 for $900,000 for this $1.84 million project was successful.

Work began on the project in February 2016, including:

  • Project manager, Bon Consulting, has been appointed to manage all elements of the project.
  • Lake King connecting paths constructed, Main Street footpath to Tuileries constructed, Hopetoun Road upgrade and Wine Bottle car park constructed.   
  • Landscape Architect, Spiire, has been appointed for the detailed design of Main Street and Hopetoun Road elements of the project.
  • Landscape Architect, GBla, re-engaged for detailed design of Lake King element of project
  • December 2017 saw the presentation of Detailed design plans for the Main Street and Hopetoun Road precincts presented to the Community Steering Group for consideration and feedback.
  • Landscape architects are engaging in ongoing design consultation with the Wine Bottle CoM in an effort to best meet the needs to road users as well as addressing safety requirements for pedestrians and bus groups using the area.
    • Following Council Briefing, commencement of wider Community engagement tbegan, this includes presentation of detailed design plans to the Indigo Shire Heritage Advisory Committee (ISHAC) for feedback.
    • Draft detailed designs for upgrading Main Street and the Hopetoun Road Precinct were available for inspection and discussion at the kiosk near the IGA in High Street on Saturday 18 February and Monday 20 February 2017. About 100 people participated in these two Listening Posts providing much valuable feedback.
    • Construction for Main Street pavement works and Hopetoun Road path is currently programmed to commence after April school holidays (dependent on outcome of community engagement).

The Snapshot below has further details and a map. The second sheet is an indicative timeframe for the two-year project.

 Rutherglen NSRF Snapshot (PDF)

Rutherglen Economic Revitalisation Project - Indicative Timeframes (doc)

Indicative Timelines

Rutherglen Town Centre

  • Footpath, Main Street construction March-June 2016
  • Footpaths, Bowling Green Lane, Douglas Street to town centre construction September 2016 to April 2017
  • Community consultation October 2016 to April 2017
  • Main Street and High Street infrastructure and street furniture construction May 2017 to May 2018
  • Street Tree planting, Murray Street, Bowling Green Lane, Main Street, May 2016 to June 2017
  • Street tree planting, High Street, May-June 2018

Hopetoun Road Precinct

  • Hopetoun Road upgrade construction March 2016-June 2016
  • Community consultation October 2016 to April 2017
  • Footpath construction May-July 2017
  • Tree planting May-June 2017

Lake King Remodelling

  • Design and community consultation January-October 2017
  • Construction December 2017 to May 2018
Last updated: 27 June 2017