Councillors take tour of projects
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.