Myrtleford Open Space Plan finalised

(Media Release - 3 August 2011)

THE development of Myrtleford’s new Open Space will go ahead after a revised concept plan was endorsed by Alpine Shire Council this week.

Identified in the Myrtleford Masterplan as a long term priority for the community, the development of the former police station site on Clyde Street kicked off in earnest when council acquired the site in 2009.

The Myrtleford Framework Committee considered a range of designs before agreeing on a preferred option to be publicly exhibited in 2010.

A final concept plan was agreed upon in July 2010.

A number of events, including Myrtleford’s Italian-themed La Fiera Festival and weekly produce markets, have made use of the space since the concept plan was finalised, prompting the Framework Committee to rethink the original design.

Council’s Manager Strategic Services, John Carter said the committee “raised concerns regarding the capacity of the agreed plan to meet the needs of existing and potential markets”.

“The revised concept plan still includes the features and qualities desired by the Myrtleford community,” he said.

“Timely delivery of this project will provide immediate and long term benefits for residents and businesses.

“It will encourage community participation and provide a boost to the town’s commercial area.”

Funding for the $240,000 project was sourced from council ($60,000) and Regional Development Victoria’s Small Towns Fund ($180,000).

A modified concept plan was placed on public exhibition in July and endorsed for implementation at council’s general meeting on Tuesday, August 2.

The paved area has been shifted to be closer to the churchyard and now incorporates a discrete chess board and the stage area has been relocated near the existing elm tree.

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