Red light for green
Alpine council votes against Dinner Plain Village open space
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.