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Development of the Jewell Station Precinct Progressing

By Jamil Allouche

Those who own or are seeking property in Brunswick will be interested to hear about the 'Station Precinct Enhancement Program,' which is a government initiative to revive the Jewell Station Precinct.

The revitalisation of the precinct is planned to preserve heritage elements of the station and reflect the character of Brunswick, while enhancing the area for the public with the addition of improved features.

These are planned to include upgraded all-abilities access to the station building, a larger station forecourt with public seating, landscaping and open areas.

In addition, a shared pathway to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists, heritage station upgrades and improved lighting for enhanced safety are also proposed.

"While the Jewell Station Precinct is of significant heritage value, the station surrounds are rundown, with a large derelict building and messy access for commuters, pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles," said Terry Mulder, minister for public transport in a November 20 media release, explaining why an upgrade is called for.

Expressions of interest from developers are now being sought and this process is open until December 13 of this year.

Consultation with the community has been high on the agenda as well, with the next round of discussion scheduled for when a developer has been appointed, likely by the second half of 2014.

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