Mount Beauty projects underway

THE design stages for key Mount Beauty projects have kicked off, with preparations for on-the-ground works to begin early next year.

Council has engaged local company Dreamers Designs and ODR Architects for the detailed design and documentation of the $420,000 redevelopment of the Mount Beauty Library and architectural elements of the pondage precinct.

Council’s acting manager Project Delivery Simon Jones said the design for the pondage precinct, which is part of the $875,000 Mount Beauty Progressing Place Project, would include architectural elements such as a new toilet block, barbecue shelter and viewing deck.

“This work will establish the design and configuration of these elements, which will then inform the playground design and landscaping,” he said.

“This initial design phase is anticipated to be completed by March.

“It has taken considerable time to find a suitable consultant to carry out this phase, and we are determined to get the design right before we move ahead with on-the-ground works.

“We went out to tender for this design a number of times to ensure the best possible result for the community.

“A large proportion of a project is completed behind the scenes – such as planning and design – before on-the-ground work is started.”

The second part of the Progressing Place Project involves a revamp of Memorial Park, upgrading of the community centre open space adjacent Park Street and tree replacement in Hollonds and Kiewa Streets.

“Memorial Park is the priority at the moment, to ensure it is ready before ANZAC Day,” Mr Jones said.

“The works here include new paving, lighting and a footpath connecting to Hollonds Street.

“In regards to the other streetscape works we are currently reviewing the initial design in preparation to go out to tender early in the new year.

“As part of these works 24 Robinias along Hollonds and Kiewa Streets will be relocated and replaced with more suitable mature street trees, which is best done in autumn when the trees are dormant.

“Car parking will also be reconfigured and any damaged street infrastructure repaired.”

Council is also moving ahead with the construction of a new netball court in the recreation reserve with the aim to have the court completed ahead of the approaching netball season.

Tenders are currently being requested for the construction of the court and it is hoped the contract will be awarded prior to Christmas.

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