In an effort to make the small Victorian town of Dimboola more tourist- and resident-friendly, Hindmarsh Shire Council sought the services of landscape architects and urban designers Mike Smith and Associates.

Among their solutions was to use clay paving to revitalise the town’s shopping and business district, complementing the handsome civic buildings and encouraging residents and visitors to linger.

The paving is laid on crushed rock and sand and the narrow paver joints are sand filled, replacing the old 600mm square concrete slabs in the business and shopping street footpaths. Stormwater drainage was also renewed and new kerb and channel replaced the deep gutters typical of country towns.

According to the Clay Brick and Paver Association , clay pavers are the ideal choice for projects of historical sensitivity, providing warmth and character in natural kiln fired colours.

Source: Building Products News.