Howitt Park promise
Nationals commit to funding contribution if elected
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.