ACTIVITIES IN AVENEL
THE last Avenel Action Group (AVAG) meeting for the year was held on December 9.
It was a very useful and informative meeting, with updates on the skateboard activity area project (the area of the recreation reserve that has been earmarked for state funding moving forward), which is still around two years from completion.
The chair of AVAG, Jeff Moran, has written to the council an excellent letter of enquiry into updates on some ongoing matters and Malcolm Little (our local councillor) presented much invaluable information regarding schedules for the Hughes Creek stone bridge restoration (heritage Victoria 2017); the path to Hughes Creek Bridge from the school (Feb 2017), including a new path route in Stewart Park.
Council also has licence for the removal of trees, including in Stewart Park (Feb 2017).
Avenel Pool ‘infrastructure matters’ - the roof over the change rooms and a new fence is only possible and sensible to be completed after the season’s close.
Much discussion then took place, and the community feeling is that the change room shading is an absolute priority.
The suggestion of a temporary, rapid solution was possible and taken up and will be pursued.
Council will put out an Aquatic Strategy in autumn 2017, with a possibility of the paddle pool being taken out and Splash Park installed which might cut into the pool.
The Avenel community and council, especially Malcolm Little, have worked hard on these matters well together, and have much to be congratulated on.
The Caltex Service Station surrounds mess and the enforcement possibilities were raised at the meeting.
A low level bridge across Hughes Creek (Watson and Kent Streets) was discussed, as was a Bank Street footpath and some of the dangerous intersections.