Coun­cil ad­dresses con­cerns

Alpine Observer - - People Around Town -

ALPINE Shire Coun­cil has re­cently un­der­taken works to ad­dress con­cerns raised by com­mu­nity mem­bers fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of the Pore­punkah’s Alpine Bet­ter Places project.

The works in­cluded the widen­ing of the exit to River­side Park as well as im­prov­ing ac­cess from a dis­abled carpark and im­proved sig­nage and park­ing for long ve­hi­cles.

Pore­punkah’s Alpine Bet­ter Places project was com­pleted last Au­gust but parts of it have been slammed by some lo­cal peo­ple.

Most re­cently res­i­dents voiced frus­tra­tions about the width of Ni­chol­son Street and an­gle park­ing which they be­lieve both to be to nar­row and the cause of four car ac­ci­dents since Christ­mas.

Alpine Shire Coun­cil as­sets direc­tor Will Jeremy said the Bright and Dis­trict Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion ap­proached them last year with their con­cerns.

“The Bright and Dis­trict Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion provided us with a list of is­sues they had and we re­sponded to them by agree­ing to ad­dress some of those,” he said.

“One of those was the widen­ing of the bell mouth com­ing out of the park which we ac­knowl­edged the way it had been de­signed wasn’t wide enough for ve­hi­cles with car­a­vans or tow­ing trail­ers to exit.

“The other work is some mod­i­fi­ca­tions to a dis­abled park­ing bay at the end of Pore­punkah Pub in Bailey Street.

“We were told the way it had been de­signed made it ex­tremely dif­fi­cult for some­one with a wheel­chair to get out of their ve­hi­cle and up the ramp.

“One of the other com­ments was that the work we had done to Ni­chol­son Street had taken away the abil­ity for peo­ple with long ve­hi­cles to just pull up and park in the main street.

“We’re put­ting up some sig­nage say­ing there is long ve­hi­cle park­ing down in River­side Park and have done some line mark­ing down there where peo­ple can pull up.”

The works cost be­tween $ 4000-$ 5,000 and was paid for with left­over funds from the project’s $ 1.7mil­lion bud­get.

Mr Jeremy said the foot­bridge across the Ovens River is also set to be painted in the com­ing weeks.


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