Future of Mount Beauty community facilities under the spotlight

COUNCIL is currently reviewing its facilities in Mount Beauty to ensure they are capable of meeting the needs of the community into the future.

Council met one-on-one with 37 community groups during January and February and has received 12 written submissions and verbal feedback during the development of the Mount Beauty Community Facility Strategy.

Council’s Strategic Project Officer Simon Jones said the aim of the review was to evaluate facilities that support health and wellbeing services as well as community recreation and participation.

“We’re assessing whether these facilities meet current and anticipated community needs,” he said.

“In October last year, Council received a request for assistance from community groups who use the facilities, and was lucky to receive State Government funding for the project.

“We’re very pleased it has been able to progress as quickly as it has.”

Mr Jones said the Mount Beauty Community Facility Strategy is currently at the draft stage.

“It is anticipated that it will finalised and ready for consideration and comment by the community in the near future,” he said.

“We will place the draft on public exhibition and will welcome contribution from all members of the community.”

The town was established in 1949 during the construction of the Kiewa Hydro Electric Scheme for the purpose of providing accommodation for workers.

Mr Jones said the original temporary nature of some of the community buildings meant a dedicated management plan was required to guarantee they are capable of meeting the needs of the community.

“It’s important to ensure these facilities serve the community effectively now and into the future,” he said.

Council recently received $25,000 through the State Government Regional Growth Fund’s Putting Locals First Program, to develop an urban design strategy for Mount Beauty.

“This work will complement the current Community Facilities review, providing recommendations for improving connectivity and liveability of the township,” Mr Jones said.

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