Alpine Shire con­sid­ers ‘Bet­ter Places’

Alpine Observer - - News - By JAMIE KRONBORG

ALPINE Shire Coun­cil was last night to con­sider a $647,000 ‘Alpine Bet­ter Places’ first stage Myrtle­ford re­fur­bish­ment con­tract for the con­struc­tion of a round­about at the in­ter­sec­tion of Myr­tle and Stan­dish streets.

Coun­cil as­sets di­rec­tor Will Jeremy made a rec­om­men­da­tion to last night’s coun­cil meet­ing in Bright that it ap­prove a ten­der from North East Civil Con­struc­tion for the works.

The Bright-based ten­der was one of four sub­mis­sions made to the coun­cil when the in­vi­ta­tion was pub­lished in midSeptem­ber.

It was the only one shortlisted af­ter coun­cil of­fi­cers’ ini­tial as­sess­ment.

The Myr­tle-Stan­dish streets’ round­about is one of the prin­ci­pal works in the ‘Bet­ter Places’ strat­egy to beau­tify Myrtle­ford’s heart.

The Myr­tle Street (Great Alpine Road) project, in­clud­ing land­scap­ing, is to cost $1.87 mil­lion and is slated for com­ple­tion in 2019.

Sim­i­lar beau­ti­fi­ca­tion projects – funded from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s Na­tional Stronger Re­gions Fund which is now known as Build­ing Bet­ter Re­gions Fund – have al­ready been un­der­taken in Bright and Pore­punkah.

Mr Jeremy told the coun­cil in a re­port about North East Civil Con­struc­tion’s ten­der that a traf­fic and pedes­trian man­age­ment strat­egy had been pro­vided by the com­pany in which it de­tailed how ac­cess to ad­ja­cent busi­nesses will be main­tained dur­ing the works.

He said the plan had been de­vel­oped in con­sul­ta­tion with the busi­nesses to be af­fected.

A full-time pedes­trian and traf­fic con­troller will be on site dur­ing con­struc­tion, which will also re­sult in the loss of two ex­ist­ing short-term car park­ing bays out­side Myrtle­ford Bake­house in Myr­tle Street.

“The loss…will re­sult in an in­creased foot­path area with ad­di­tional seat­ing out­side the bak­ery, and the two ad­ja­cent park­ing bays which are cur­rently un­re­stricted will be des­ig­nated for short-term park­ing,” Mr Jeremy told the coun­cil.

But he said that when the en­tire re­fur­bish­ment in the town cen­tre was com­pleted Myrtle­ford would have the same num­ber of park­ing bays as it does now.

In other works, three trees will be re­moved from the Stan­dish Street road frontage in order to meet VicRoads’ sight-line re­quire­ments.

“The trees are a poor species se­lec­tion for this lo­ca­tion and one …will also ob­struct the new foot­path align­ment,” Mr Jeremy said.

“The trees will be re­placed by low shrubs.

“The pear tree (out­side Myrtle­ford bake­house) will be re­tained (for shade)… but some prun­ing of lower branches will be nec­es­sary to meet the re­quired sight­lines at the round­about.”

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