Alpine mayor to stand for re-election
BUFFALO River councillor Ron Janas last night was to recontest the Alpine mayoralty for a third term.
First business for councillors meeting in Bright at Alpine’s ordinary November meeting was to determine the period of the new mayoral term – one or two years – and then elect a mayor and deputy mayor.
Cr Janas – who was first elected to the council in 2012 and first elected as mayor in 2015 – yesterday confirmed that he would again seek to win his fellow councillors’ support for the shire’s top role.
After the vote councillors were then to move to elect a deputy mayor, but the TimesObserver could not contact incumbent Tony Keeble – the Bogong Outdoor School principal – to report if he intended to recontest that position.
Cr Janas said when elected in 2015 that he looked forward to the opportunities and challenges of the mayoralty.
He said one of his main goals was to ensure projects were delivered on time and on budget.
“We’ve done a lot of work to get our budget right, we’ve saved money and we can now focus getting the shovels and physically delivering our proj- ects,” he said at the time.
One challenge that he’s had to deal with in recent weeks has centred on the multi-million dollar development of Alpine Events Park in Bright, where a retaining wall in change rooms constructed by the council as an ownerbuilder in 2006 unexpectedly needs to be demolished.
It was to have formed part of a redeveloped building for the project, but the wall will now have to be replaced to support a new building above it.
The council last night was told that the upper end of the preliminary cost estimate for the unanticipated additional works was $430,000 – not in the range of $450,000 to $500,000 as the Times-Observer last week understood it to be.
The co- funded Alpine Events Park project is budgeted to cost $3.74m.
The partners include the federal government, which contributed $1.87m, and the council, plantation manager HVP, Alpine Community Plantations and United Bright Football and Netball Club, which jointly have matched the Commonwealth funding.
The contract works for the Bright Pioneer Park multipurpose facility – where the wall has to be demolished and rebuilt – started in September this year.