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Warragul CBD consultation for traders

After Queen Street, consultation now sought with Warragul CBD businesses

Safety is the key issue in Queen Street, Warragul’s commercial zone. IMAGE: Courtesy of Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen – click on image for full published story.

Queen Street hit the media radar across Australia, when tree planting works abruptly halted after it was discovered they were to be installed in the shared parking and bike zone marked by paint in the road pavement.

Last Tuesday’s (13 October) meeting, facilitated by WBG at Gippsland Business Centre, gave Queen Street traders and the cycling community an opportunity to discuss concerns with Council representatives.

Road user safety, traffic movement and parking in the shared commercially zoned road space was at the heart of most issues raised.

Post meeting, a number of WBG members wrote emails expressing concerns and contributed many positive ideas for improving the appearance of Warragul’s streetscape.

A follow up meeting is scheduled between WBG executives and Council representatives to discuss concerns and ideas put forward.  Outcomes of this meeting will be communicated to all members.

An initial consultation process is now being set up with CBD businesses relating to proposed streetscape works.  Consequently, a meeting has been scheduled this Tuesday 20 October at 10.30am at Baw Baw Shire Council Chambers in Warragul. 

The following is an extract from Baw Baw Shire Council’s web post on the topic:

The $3.8 million project aims to reinvigorate the retail precinct of Warragul as intended by the Warragul Town Centre and Station Precinct Masterplans.

Council will undertake community consultation on the desired outcomes of the project with relevant business owners and occupiers and key stakeholders in the next few weeks.

Feedback from the consultation process will be considered to be incorporated in the project design.

Key activities scheduled for the 2015/16 financial year include:

  • Reviewing the concept design and completing the designs for works in Queen Street Park and Pedestrian Promenade between Smith Street and Gladstone Street; Warragul and Smith Street streetscape works between Queen Street and Palmerston Street, Warragul.
  • Formalising the two Smith Street pedestrian crossings between Palmerston and Albert Street, Warragul.
  • Finalising the design of Palmerston Street streetscape works between  Victoria Street and Smith Street, Warragul.
    The final stage of the Warragul CBD Streetscape Project is scheduled to be completed by 2019/20 financial year.

Yes, it’s tradies night!

Focus on Warragul trades businesses

WBG Tradies Network Evening
L to R: Speaker David Gallagher of Action 4WD, Laurie Milner of Warragul RV Centre and Jamie Power of Simonds Homes

This month’s Warragul Business Group Networking Evening turned the spotlight on its tradie members with presentations by David Gallagher of Action 4WD, Laurie Milner of Warragul RV Centre and Jamie Power of Simonds Homes at the Warragul Country Club.

The first speaker, Dave Gallagher of Action 4WD said dyslexia didn’t stop him from having a go at starting up a business.  Fifteen years ago, he started from scratch as a one-man business, now employs six people and has plans to grow the business.

Dave said he struggled education wise, leaving school without any qualifications and trained with John Carter Holden as an apprentice mechanic.  With so many mechanics in Warragul, Dave felt he should specialise in 4WD vehicles for two reasons.

The first was his passion for offroad vehicles and racing – the recent Outback Challenge at Broken Hill is one example.  His second was the realisation that there was a huge market for servicing the needs of four wheel drive owners from grey nomads and families with caravans or camping trailers, to young men who like pitting their skills in ‘bog holes’, to local farmers and trades businesses across the Warragul area.

Now, 30 years later, along his wife Sharon, he runs a 4WD and ARB specialist business at full capacity popular with 4WD enthusiasts, geeks and tradies.

Dave wryly noted that he didn’t even realise he was dyslexic until about 10 years after leaving school, so his spent time quietly learning what customers wanted. He said, “I don’t see dyslexia as a disadvantage, but rather as a benefit in some ways as I have a really good visual memory for technical things and the insides of an engine.”

At just 15 years old, business owner Laurie Milner began his trade as an apprentice motor mechanic, worked locally in both the private and public sector; and then 22 years ago with his wife Karen purchased a caravan business that became known as Milner’s Caravans.

Laurie said their business has had to rapidly adapt and expand its service and workshop facilities just to keep up with the rapid growth and market demand from retirees, and now many young families, who enjoy the outdoor lifestyle.

“The caravan industry alone is worth an $1.2 billion to the Victorian economy with around 105 caravan manufacturers and affiliated production squeezed into a five square kilometre area of Campbellfield in Melbourne,” said Laurie.

Third speaker, sales consultant Jamie Power at Simonds Homes has just won the Simonds National Rookie of the Year Award.  After completing Year 11, seventeen year old Jamie left school and started his working career as a labourer.

He worked as a ‘fly in fly out’ worker, on the SMG railways in the Pilbara in Western Australia.  “I would work four weeks straight, have a week off and then go back – it was pretty hard yakka,” says Jamie.

Jamie then applied for a job with Simonds Homes, but his first attempt was rejected.  He went onto work at a local power station, but clearly made a good impression when he received a phone call six months later with a direct job offer in a different role with Simonds Homes.  After just 15 months in the role, Jamie said he was very humbled to receive the Rookie Award.

Contact Susan Keirnan for more information about Warragul Business Group Tel: 5624 3833.