O’Toole legacy will shine in Hastings laneway upgrade

Published on 14 December 2018

O'Toole Laneway

Works to give High Street Hastings a major facelift are well underway with upgrades between Victoria and Salmon Streets now complete and Stage 4, upgrades between Queen and Victoria Streets, due to commence in the new year.

As part of the revitalisation project, a number of laneways intersecting High Street will be upgraded including well-known O’Toole Laneway, dedicated in honour of the late Dermot O’Toole. 

Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said “this project is well on track and it’s business as usual along High street; I encourage everyone to continue your support of our local traders and enjoy a break from construction during the festive season.

“Construction has been strategically timed to ensure High Street remains accessible during the peak summer season and works will recommence in March 2019 to avoid any disruption to the peak holiday trading period and the annual Westernport Festival”.

Cerberus Ward Councillor Kate Roper said “I have enjoyed working closely with our community throughout this project and am very pleased the O’Toole family has been heavily involved to ensure any updates reflect their wishes”.

The project is the most significant infrastructure investment in Hastings in over 10 years and will revitalise the Hastings commercial strip and activity centre, creating a more vibrant, attractive and usable space for pedestrian and commercial activity.

The full project works include;

  • Streetscape works along High Street between Queen Street and Marine Parade
  • Five Laneway revitalisation projects
  • King Street toilet facility replacement
  • King Street car park construction

Stage 4 of works will also include realignment of on-street parking within High Street; new exposed aggregate concrete pavements with feature paving elements; street furniture and landscaping from Queen Street to Victoria Street.

The existing public toilet in King Street will also be upgraded to include a ‘Changing Places’ cubicle, two new regular accessible cubicles and a further four new standard ambulant facilities with construction due to commence in April 2019.

This will be the Shire’s second specialised all-accessible toilet, with the first recently opened on Octavia Street in Mornington.

The project is funded by a State Government contribution of $1.9 million through the Growing Suburbs Fund and $1.9 million in matched funding from Mornington Peninsula Shire.

The streetscape renewal project is due for completion in December 2019.

To learn more about this exciting project visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/majorprojects

PICTURE CAPTION: Shire’s Urban Designer James Bryan, Bridget O'Toole, Cr Roper, Jason Dowler from Westernport Chamber of Commerce, Shire’s Team Leader - Civil and Urban Mark Newnham and Project Manager Darren Simnett at O’Toole Laneway, which will be upgraded as part of the Shire’s Hastings Streetscape Project.