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Published on 26 August 2022
Benalla Rural City Council will continue to deliver new lighting along the Lake Benalla Walking Track thanks to funding from the Victorian state government.
State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes visited areas to inspect new LED path lighting installed under the Creating Safer Places fund of which Benalla received $286,000.
Mayor Cr Bernie Hearn said ‘Council would install 28 new lights as part of the Lighting the Lake project, along currently unlit sections of the walking track around Lake Benalla and the Botanic Gardens.’
‘This continues the work we have already undertaken to light sections of the Benalla Lake Walk at the Splash Park and Jaycee Island.
The Lighting the Lake project is part of Council’s commitment to creating a safer Benalla Rural City for everyone to enjoy,’ Cr Hearn said.
Council will be seeking community input later in the year on how to improve the Library and Skatepark precinct, where new colour-changing external lighting will be installed as part of the lighting project. The lighting will light up the library façade on days of significance and community events.
Further public art will also be installed in the carpark under the library.
Community input on perceptions of safety in public places will also be sort as part of the project.
‘Lighting the Lake’ is expected to be completed by July 2023.
Funding for the project forms part of the Victorian Government’s Department of Justice and Community Safety’s Building Safer Communities program. This program is designed to reduce antisocial behaviour such as vandalism.