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Shopfronts to shine in Adelaide

By Brett Pilgrim

As an owner of real estate in Adelaide, you're probably already well-aware of what a dynamic and creative place the South Australian capital is to live in. For those who have yet to make the leap to home ownership in the City of Churches, the latest initiative from the local council should be some indication. 

The door is now open for small business and property owners to tap into a new fund that will help brighten up key retails spaces in the central city. The council is offering an incentive to for upgrading shopfronts on a number of nominated streets, with plans to expand the locations in the coming months. Deputy lord mayor Houssam Abiad said the package is designed to make retail spaces in Adelaide more attractive to customer, as well as adding to the city's unique and vibrant atmosphere. 

"I know that so many small business operators would love to upgrade their shopfronts but ensuring their business is profitable and getting the bills paid is always the priority," Mr Adiad said in a 25 May statement. 

Business owners can apply to the council for between $1,000 and $6,000 to cover up to half the cost of the improvements. Currently, the scheme is being tested on a pilot area, which includes businesses in the west- and east-end precincts, Gawler Place, Hutt Street, Melbourne Street, Hindley Street and the bustling O'Connell Street. 

"If you've been thinking about refreshing your shopfront or adding greening elements such as planting vines and green walls, it's an ideal time to put your great ideas into action," said manager of council's city design and transport programme Daniel Bennett.

This fantastic plan is just one initiatve in a long list of reasons to make the South Australian capital your home. For more information about buying property in Adelaide, speak to the professionals at Ray White. 

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