Bet­ter Places up­grades con­tinue

Myrtleford Times - - News - By JUSTIN JENVEY

ALPINE Shire Coun­cil is plan­ning an­other phase of Alpine Bet­ter Places projects.

Un­der the con­cept a sec­ond lot of streetscape up­grades would be de­liv­ered to the shire’s smaller towns.

Alpine Bet­ter Places projects have al­ready been com­pleted in Bright around Mafek­ing Square and on Ni­chol­son Street in Pore­punkah.

The re­cently com­menced Myr­tle Street and Ju­bilee Park makeover is the sec­ond stage of work in Myrtle­ford fol­low­ing the ad­di­tion of the Stan­dish Street round­about.

Alpine Shire Coun­cil as­sets director Will Jeremy said res­i­dents from smaller mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties had ap­proached coun­cil about makeovers to their town cen­tres.

“Peo­ple in Har­ri­etville have been push­ing it for a while now, we’ve had peo­ple come to us say­ing we want you to do in Har­ri­etville what you have done in Pore­punkah,” he said.

“We’ve also had quite a lot of en­gage­ment with Ta­wonga res­i­dents af­ter adding a pic­nic shel­ter in Pioneer Park that was funded by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

“On the back of that the com­mu­nity has had a lot of en­thusi- asm to ba­si­cally de­velop the cen­tre of Ta­wonga for it to be a bit more pedes­trian friendly and to have a bit more sense of ar­rival

“Ta­wonga South res­i­dents over a pe­riod of time have had con­ver­sa­tions with us around streetscape work and im­prove­ments to as­sets like the shared trail.”

Ta­wonga South res­i­dents have also re­cently pe­ti­tioned for pub­lic toi­lets and ameni­ties in the heart of town.

A re­cent re­port said coun­cil were con­tin­u­ing to ex­plore op­por­tu­ni­ties to se­cure ac­cess to suit­able land along the Kiewa Val­ley High­way.

The doc­u­ment said coun­cil’s project pipe­line in­cludes the im­ple­men­ta­tion of an Alpine Bet­ter Places Ta­wonga South project.

Mr Jeremy said pub­lic toi­lets, ad­di­tional off-street park­ing and a pic­nic area in Ta­wonga South were all things that fit­ted un­der the Alpine Bet­ter Places port­fo­lio of projects.

He said a ten­ta­tive time­frame for scop­ing de­sign of such fa­cil­i­ties along with fur­ther Alpine Bet­ter Places projects would fall within the term of the cur­rent coun­cil.

Alpine Shire Coun­cil re­ceived State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing of $500,000 for both the Bright and Pore­punkah Alpine Bet­ter Places projects.

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