Businessman Joe Nguyen, council general manager Malcolm Ryan and resident Paul Sydenham discuss the $1.9 million facelift of the Berala village centre.
WORK will begin on a $1.9 million facelift of the Berala village centre on Monday.
Happy that work was about to start, Joe Nguyen from Gloria Jean's Coffee Berala, said the final outcome would be a positive one for residents.
"I think Berala needs something like this desperately," he said.
"It's the right time to have that here. The population is growing.
"And if it brings in more foot traffic and people can enjoy themselves, that's good."
The eight-month project is "well due", according to Cumberland Council general manager Malcolm Ryan.
"This revitalisation project will increase the amenity of the area while retaining the unique character of Berala, just as the local community have requested," he said.
"Berala is the perfect example of one of the unique aspects of Cumberland; it is a popular hub with a village atmosphere frequented by locals.
"New roads and footpaths will make the Town Centre more accessible and landscaping works and the planting of trees will make it more visually appealing.
"Street furniture will provide active spaces for people and stormwater upgrades will increase safety and cleanliness."
Admitting there will be noise and disturbance from time to time, Mr Ryan said the council has taken measures to minimise the disruption, with vehicle and pedestrian access to be maintained throughout the construction.
For more information, contact Cumberland Council on 8757 9000.