Red light for green

Alpine coun­cil votes against Din­ner Plain Village open space

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - By JUSTIN JEN­VEY

ALPINE Shire coun­cil­lors have voted against es­tab­lish­ing a large open space to sup­port in­for­mal recre­ation at Din­ner Plain.

Coun­cil­lors voted unan­i­mously at a spe­cial coun­cil meet­ing last Mon­day, cit­ing the com­mu­ni­ties divi­sion and sig­nif­i­cant en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges, to de­liver the Din­ner Plain Village Green project.

Coun­cil said they were still sup­port­ive of ex­plor­ing open space op­por­tu­ni­ties in Din­ner Plain but ones which are a lower cost and don’t have the same en­vi­ron­men­tal and vis­ual im­pact.

“The Din­ner Plain Village Green project was be­com­ing a rather large and com­plex project,” coun­cil­lor Peter Roper said.

“The re­spon­dents re­ally weren’t happy with what the costs were go­ing to be and what the cul­tural, her­itage, en­vi­ron­men­tal and vis­ual im­pacts were go­ing to be.

“In say­ing that if some­thing does turn up that meets our cri­te­ria I would be happy to con­sider it go­ing for­ward … there is cer­tainly pos­si­bil­i­ties for smaller scale projects up there.”

In Septem­ber 2016, the Din­ner Plain Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee re­quested that coun­cil progress the Village Green project for a space of 1.35 – 1.45 hectares.

The pro­posal was for a large flat open grassed area ap­prox­i­mately 90m wide and 150m long be­tween Fitzy’s Cirque and the alpine village.

An ac­cess road and car park­ing along two sides of the grassed area as well as pub­lic toi­let fa­cil­i­ties were also to be in­cluded.

Coun­cil sub­se­quently un­der­took a de­tailed fea­si­bil­ity study in­clud­ing a fea­ture sur­vey, pre­lim­i­nary engi­neer­ing de­sign, cost es­ti­mate, flora and fauna as­sess­ment and cost ben­e­fit anal­y­sis.

Ex­pen­di­ture of $ 65,000 has been in­curred on the Din­ner Plain Village Green project to date, and the es­ti­mated cost of im­ple­ment­ing the project was an ad­di­tional $1.25 mil­lion.

In Au­gust the project pro­posal was pre­sented to all Din­ner Plain ratepay­ers for their feed­back.

A to­tal of 138 ratepay­ers re­sponded to the sur­vey, repre- sent­ing 29.7 per cent of village ratepay­ers, while 17 non-ratepay­ers also pro­vided com­ment.

The re­sults were 49 per cent of peo­ple not want­ing the project to procced while 41 per cent of peo­ple said they wished to pro­ceed and an­other 10 per cent said they were un­sure.

A com­mit­ment to de­liver $1.5 mil­lion worth of new and up­graded in­fra­struc­ture projects by 2027 and con­struc­tion of 7.1km of new moun­tain bike trails com­menc­ing in 2018, for an es­ti­mated cost of $400,000, were other rea­sons to not pur­sue the village green at Din­ner Plain.

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