Alpine mayor to stand for re-elec­tion

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - By JAMIE KRONBORG

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.

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