Valley community group talks build town entrance plan
UPPER Kiewa Valley Community Association last week discussed with government and agencies the continuing refurbishment of the entry to Mount Beauty.
The association has driven the West Kiewa open space project to create a positive impression of the town among visitors.
It has worked with Alpine Shire Council, Department of the Environment, Land, Water and Planning, North East Catchment Management Authority and energy infrastructure manager AusNet Services to organise regular mowing of the Kiewa Highway verge and to remove willows and other large invasive shrubs from the banks of Kiewa River.
Association members have also enjoyed the support of Mt Beauty Secondary College students to replant much of the area with Australian shrubs and grasses and Upper Kiewa Valley Lions Club has run a successful working bee to clean weeds beneath established trees.
The association was advised at last week’s meeting with council and land and catchment agencies that its current Landcare agreement meant that weed eradication could continue as long as there was no major soil disturbance or damage to the river banks.
It was also recommended that a rough plan for the area be developed, based on the advice of groups and people in the community.
The association is planning a second working bee later in the year to continue the weed eradication task and replant river bank and nearby areas.