$5-6m project push
A lack of physical evidence of progress for Mulwala projects valued at between $5-6 million that were approved for funding over a year ago has prompted Federation Council’s Bronwyn Thomas to ask questions.
At Federation Council’s latest monthly meeting on October 16, Mulwala-based Coun- cillor Thomas sought a report from council staff as to the progress of projects.
“Community members are very anxious to know what’s going on,” she said.
“These projects were approved during the administrator’s reign and people thought they were shovel-ready.
“They’re very exciting projects. The AllAbilities Playground – such an important pro- ject - also contains public donations. Again, people are very anxious to know what’s going on.”
Approved months before the first elected Federation Council in September 2017, with Administrator Mike Eden and General Manager Chris Gillard at the helm, the Yarrawonga Chronicle has obtained an update on the Mulwala projects and their current status.
Purtle Park All Abilities Playground – expected to be going to design before Christmas. Design consultation will then commence with stakeholder groups and is it projected that at the end of February the construction tender will be advertised. It is expected construction will commence at the beginning of April.
Mulwala Industrial Estate – a contract for this work is likely to be awarded prior to the end of the year. Construction is likely to commence early in the New Year.
Owens Bridges - new retaining walls and a new boat ramp have now been delivered. Refurbishment of the toilets is now underway.
Lonsdale Reserve – council has recently engaged surveyors to complete storm water and carpark designs for works in early 2019.
‘Bay 13’ is currently under design and will be refurbished in the first quarter of 2019. Funding of $81,000 has recently been acquired to construct a new playground at Lonsdale Reserve as well.
Digger Loughnan Park – design works are currently being completed for a new fishing jetty to be constructed. A request for quote to construct the new fishing jetty is expected to be advertised in January 2019.
Kyffins Reserve – The design and scope of the Kyffins Reserve projects have been finalised and these projects will be delivered in the first half of 2019.
Federation Council Mayor Pat Bourke told the Yarrawonga Chronicle that council is cur- rently in the process of delivering a total value of approximately $5-6 million of infrastructure projects throughout the Mulwala township over the next few years.
“All of these infrastructure projects have been priorities of the Mulwala community for some time and council is looking forward to delivering on these in 2019,” Mayor Bourke said.
“Through various funding opportunities, some state government sourced, others budgeted for by council, and some with funds raised by the community, such as the All Abilities Playground, the Mulwala community is set to benefit directly from this injection of new community infrastructure in the next few years.”
Mayor Bourke said he would also like to thank the community groups that are engaging with council to set community priorities and project plan for the new infrastructure works.
“It is important to note and thank the many community groups that council is currently working with in the Mulwala community, both directly and indirectly to project scope and design these many projects. Their invaluable advice and their passion for wanting to see what is best for the community is really shining through.
“I know there are still many to deliver, and I thank the community for their patience. The merger of Corowa and Urana into the Federation Council is a massive job, and I am proud of the efforts of my fellow councillors and staff in the progress to build the new council, both in carrying out our day to day services, but to also plan for and deliver an unprecedented amount of projects.
“I will be as excited as anyone to watch these projects come to life.”