Alpine Shire considers ‘Better Places’
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.”