Euroa Gazette - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

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.

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