Coun­cil­lors take tour of projects

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

STRATH­BO­GIE Shire Coun­cil­lors and ex­ec­u­tive man­age­ment boarded a bus to explore cur­rent and up­com­ing cap­i­tal work projects and po­ten­tial ac­tions for the next coun­cil plan and bud­get.

Start­ing in Euroa, coun­cil­lors in­spected the site of the fu­ture Me­mo­rial Park on Brock Street.

The Ro­tary Club of Euroa have ac­quired a 99 year lease from Tel­stra (who oc­cupy the Tel­stra Ex­change build­ing on the cor­ner of Brock and McGuin­ness streets) to cre­ate a Me­mo­rial Ser­vice Park, which will dis­play a record of all of the Strath­bo­gie Shire’s ser­vice­men and women.

Draft de­signs en­vis­age the park to in­cor­po­rate a path lead­ing to a cen­tral cir­cle and po­si­tion­ing five bronze me­mo­rial walls set out in the shape of a pen­tagon.

The me­mo­rial walls are pro­posed to be from Ever­lon Bronze – the same com­pany who im­mor­tal­ized the three Vic­to­ria Cross stat­ues on Kirk­land Av­enue.

The site will also be the home to the long awaited new pub­lic toi­lets, with land­scap­ing of the site pro­posed.

The Ro­tary Club of Euroa was suc­cess­ful in ac­quir­ing a State Gov­ern­ment grant of $148,500 with coun­cil al­lo­cat­ing $200,000 in its cur­rent bud­get to re­de­velop the toi­let blocks and in­cor­po­rate it into the Me­mo­rial Park project.

The toi­let block would ide­ally be lo­cated next to the Tel­stra Ex­change build­ing, with the ex­ist­ing toi­lets (which sit on the na­ture strip of Brock Street) to be de­mol­ished, al­low­ing for BUR­TON’S an ex­tra five park­ing spa­ces, in­clud­ing one dis­abled park.

Coun­cil­lors were im­pressed with plans pre­sented to them by di­rec­tor as­set ser­vices Roy Hether­ing­ton, with a full plan­ning as­sess­ment un­der way.

The project is ex­pected to be com­plete in the sec­ond half of 2017.

While in­spect­ing the al­most com­plete Rowe Street drainage project, coun­cil­lors were shown two other po­ten­tial projects in­volv­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers in Euroa.

With the Rowe Street project funded partly by res­i­dents and coun­cil (via a spe­cial charge scheme), some con­cerned res­i­dents of the sec­tion of Burns Av­enue (Euroa) be­tween White and Atkins streets have ap­proached the shire and re­quested the seal­ing of this sec­tion.

It is pro­posed a 4.5m wide seal be con­structed.

Coun­cil­lors were im­pressed with the con­cept, which won’t in­clude kerb and chan­nel, with coun­cil po­ten­tially al­lo­cat­ing $30,000 and res­i­dents pay­ing for an­other $30,000 (via spe­cial charge scheme).

Coun­cil­lors also viewed a sec­tion of Camp­bell Street (Euroa) re­gard­ing drainage af­ter hav­ing re­ceived a sub­mis­sion from res­i­dents of Palmer Av­enue and Bury streets to im­prove drainage along Camp­bell Street (Euroa).

The de­sign, at the pre­lim­i­nary stage, iden­ti­fies a good drainage so­lu­tion and would pro­vide an ad­di­tional 16 car park spa­ces (mainly for Euroa Sec­ondary Col­lege).

Res­i­dents have been in­volved in dis­cus­sions and have shown some in­ter­est in con­tribut­ing to costs, with coun­cil po­ten­tially re­fer­ring it to the 2017-18 Bud­get.

Strath­bo­gie Shire is con­tin­u­ing to help make Nagam­bie grow to sup­port the in­vest­ment from the pri­vate sec­tor by de­vel­op­ing a busi­ness case to sup­port tourism in­fra­struc­ture projects.

The strate­gic doc­u­ment tar­get­ing the Nagam­bie wa­ter­ways and other tourist ac­tiv­ity has been funded jointly by the State Gov­ern­ment and Goul­burn Mur­ray Wa­ter, with $22,500 from coun­cil.

This cru­cial piece of in­for­ma­tion is nec­es­sary to com­pile a busi­ness case to at­tract fur­ther grant fund­ing for im­ple­men­ta­tion of the fol­low­ing projects:

The busi­ness case devel­op­ment will oc­cur from Jan­uary to June 2017, with fund­ing of $27,500 avail­able to pro­ceed with de­tailed de­sign of the fore­shore walk­way and ac­cess project.

An ap­pli­ca­tion for a Boat­ing Safety and Fa­cil­i­ties Pro­gram grant has been lodged for the boat ramp.

Mayor Amanda McClaren, said the trip was valu­able to all coun­cil­lors, es­pe­cially those re­cently elected to their rep­re­sen­ta­tive po­si­tions.

“The bus tour by the coun­cil­lors and coun­cil staff of key projects in Euroa and Nagam­bie was a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for all coun­cil­lors to be able to see the is­sues and to be­come bet­ter in­formed of the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties faced within these com­mu­ni­ties,” Cr McClaren said.

ON THE ROAD: Coun­cil­lors and the shire’s ex­ec­u­tive staff took to the road to look at new works pro­grams un­der way and up­com­ing in both Nagam­bie and Euroa.

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