Funding for local projects announced

15 August, 2014

MORE than $300,000 on funding has been announced for local projects during a visit by Deputy Premier and Minister for Rural and Regional Development Peter Ryan this week.

Myrtleford’s Memorial Park will be revamped following a commitment of $30,000 from the State Government and $10,000 from Council. The Bright Court House will receive a facelift, with the State Government providing $145,000 to refurbish the historic building.

Mr Ryan also pledged $150,000 for the development of Alpine Shire Council’s Alpine Better Places Strategy.

Mayor Peter Roper said the $200,000 project will investigate areas in Bright, Porepunkah and Myrtleford to establish key infrastructure priorities for the future.

“In Bright the strategy will look at connectivity within the tourist precinct, linking the Great Alpine Road, river, Bright Splash Park, parkland and commercial area,” he said.

“In Porepunkah Council is working with the PUNCA group to establish community priorities, and will look at linking the riverside commercial precinct and entrance to town with key infrastructure such as the rail trail.

“In Myrtleford the focus will be on improving the connection from the commercial area to Jubilee Park and Happy Valley Creek.

The priorities established in the Alpine Better Places Strategy will assist us with detailed planning for the significant projects pipeline, which will establish key community priorities into the future.

“It’s essential that Council develop the level of planning that will be delivered by the significant projects pipeline to ensure best value for residents and help set the key infrastructure priorities for each town into the future,” Cr Roper said.

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