WADE Avenue will soon look vastly different thanks to more than a million dollars being poured into it.
The state government announced this week Leeton Shire Council has been successful in its application under the Stronger Country Communities Fund to upgrade Wade Avenue.
As a result, more than $1 million will be kicked into the project by the government.
Plans for the upgrade are still in the works, but the idea will be to not only beautify the area, but make it more accessible by changing the way vehicles are parked and offering better traffic flow options.
“The Wade Avenue enhancements will make it safer for people to cross the road, improve the parking by changing it from parallel to nose in parking to increase parking spaces and create more shade,” Leeton Shire Council mayor Paul Maytom said.
“Residents, especially the elderly people with a disability and mothers with babies will find moving about the area safer and more pleasant.
“The Roxy Corner enhancements will make the footpath and entrance to our iconic Roxy Theatre much more attractive and welcoming. It will create a strong signature statement about Leeton's magnificent Art Deco heritage.”
The Wade Avenue project is part of a wider, long-term project to upgrade and enhance Leeton’s central business district.
“What council is trying to do is improve access and safety here in Wade Avenue … it will slow the traffic down,” Mr Evans said.
“It’s a good project. I think it will be a great initiative and it will really improve this area, especially tying in with the Roxy here as well.
“Our community has been calling out for an upgrade of the Leeton CBD and I’m thrilled this can now be carried out by Leeton council.
“Stronger Country Communities funding is an investment in local infrastructure to improve the lives of residents and enhance the attractiveness of our region – this funding will help us do exactly that.” Residents will be able to have their say on the project plans when they are on public exhibition before council gives the final tick of approval.