Porepunkah Community meeting attracts positive crowd

8 April 2014

A COMMUNITY meeting at Porepunkah last week attracted around 60 residents keen to see their township grow and improve.

Alpine Shire Council held the meeting on Wednesday, 2 April following a request by community members to learn more about the Porepunkah Framework Plan.

Director Sustainable Development Heather Green said that while some of the priorities of the Framework Plan have been implemented, there are still some high priority projects to be delivered, including the redevelopment of the town centre and riverside precinct.

“The meeting went really well and was mostly very positive, with residents showing how passionate they are about their township and plans for its future,” she said.

“There was certainly concern from some residents that Council should focus on safety concerns around traffic and pedestrian safety within the town centre and riverside area – this remains a priority for us.

“We are committed to addressing these concerns as well as plans to improve the riverside area and improve opportunities for participation and recreation.

“Also a priority is the renewal of the town centre and creating a more attractive entry to the town from the Great Alpine Road.”

Ms Green said the next step is to determine key priorities and set about seeking funds to deliver them.

“Community participation in the design development process is critical to help us achieve a result that the community embraces,” she said.

“We are encouraging the Porepunkah community to start to think about how they would like to see their township improved.”

A number of community members have already formed a group – Porepunkah United Neighbourhood Community Association (PUNCA) - and begun the discussion around the planned improvements.

PUNCA invites all Porepunkah residents to participate in the conversation. For more information on PUNCA contact Lucy O’Dywer on 0400 357 069.

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