Val­ley com­mu­nity group talks build town en­trance plan

Alpine Observer - - News - By ALEX CRAIG

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.

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