Council addresses concerns
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.
BY JUSTIN JENVEY