In May, the City of Armadale submitted a $150 million list of urgently needed projects that included community buildings, local roads and paths, for consideration of Federal economic stimulus funding, in the wake of COVID-19. We recently received notification we will receive $953,448 toward eligible projects. The funding comes with a strict set of criteria, including the requirement that projects must be completed by June 30, 2021.
The City has already been approached by several key stakeholders, regarding where and how the federal funding should be spent. The Reconnect Jull Street group has suggested the money should be spent reopening Jull Street Mall to traffic; however, that project, if it were to be approved by Council, would struggle to comply with the criteria.
“The City aims to work collaboratively with all stakeholders, including the wider community in order to provide a safe and inviting city centre for everyone to enjoy,” said Mayor Ruth Butterfield.
“We appreciate the Reconnect Jull Street group’s concerns and we look forward to being able to provide certainty for them as soon as practicable. Council engaged a consultant and a presentation was held last week. No decisions have been made at this stage.
“Unfortunately, there is no quick fix or simple solution. The City has injected a significant amount of money into beautifying and activating the Mall over recent years including new paving, street scaping, better lighting, public art and events. The proposal by the Reconnect Jull Street group will cost around $1.2m of ratepayers money. Before we spend that amount of money, we – Council, must ensure we have looked at every aspect and option available to us.
“Whatever decisions we do reach, regarding the Jull Street Mall and allocating economic stimulus funding, will be carefully considered, most effective and in the best interests of our community as a whole.”