Howitt Park prom­ise

Na­tion­als com­mit to fund­ing con­tri­bu­tion if elected

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - BY JUSTIN JENVEY jjen­vey@ ne­me­dia.com.au

BRIGHT’S Howitt Park could get a ma­jor facelift if the Coali­tion wins next month’s Vic­to­rian State Elec­tion.

On Mon­day, Tim McCurdy (MLA, Ovens Val­ley) made an elec­tion prom­ise on be­half of the Na­tion­als with a com­mit­ment of $400,000 to up­grade fa­cil­i­ties at the pop­u­lar park on the Ovens River.

Mr McCurdy said Howitt Park is a pic­turesque park uniquely lo­cated but with ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties that are in­ad­e­quate for host­ing events in in­clement weather.

“Up­grad­ing the fa­cil­i­ties at the park with this $400,000 in­vest­ment will en­able the lo­cal com­mu­nity to hold and host events year-round,” he said.

“It would en­able the ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties at the park and the ad­join­ing park to be more fully utilised which would fur­ther pro­mote Bright and lo­cal busi­nesses.”

“Bright has a strong com- mu­nity and the events staged are well sup­ported, it also hosts a grow­ing tourist pop­u­la­tion drawn to the nat­u­ral sur­rounds.”

Alpine Shire mayor Cr Ron Janas said there were not yet any firm plans in place as to what spe­cific works would be car­ried out to im­prove Howitt Park.

“Should we get this money then we’d utilise it to make the park more user friendly for lo­cals and vis­i­tors,” he said.

“Some of the in­fra­struc­ture be­neath the ground needs up­grad­ing be­cause it’s a bit of a muddy place when its wet.

“The plan is also to re­fur­bish some of the play equip­ment which is get­ting old now and pos­si­bly to freshen up the sound shell which has lo­cal sig­nif­i­cance and has been a great as­set for a long time.”

Reg­u­lar events held at Howitt Park in­cluded mar­kets, Brighter Days Fes­ti­val, Carols by Can­dle­light and Bon­jour Bright as well as other com- mu­nity gath­er­ings.

Mr Janas said Howitt Park re­mains an ideal venue for small events with coun­cil hop­ing to turn Pi­o­neer Park into the town’s ma­jor events hub for large scale ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ear­lier on Mon­day, Mr McCurdy an­nounced that a mas­ter­plan for the re­de­vel­op­ment of the Myrtle­ford Show­grounds will be funded if the Coali­tion is elected to gov­ern­ment.

The Na­tion­als pledged $25,000 to Alpine Shire Coun­cil to kick-start the de­vel­op­ment of a plan to up­grade fa­cil­i­ties at the grounds.

Myrtle­ford Re­cre­ation Re­serve sec­re­tary Alan Gar­side said if suc­cess­ful the fund­ing would bring de­vel­op­ments for­ward by a year.

“We are de­lighted with the an­nounce­ment, we un­der­stand that it’s got to do with the elec­tion but cer­tainly we wel­come it, and if it comes off we will be into ac­tion as quickly as we can,” he said.

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