Alpine Better Places Drop In Sessions

Public invited to have their say on Alpine Better Places

Community members are being invited to view the Alpine Better Places Draft Detailed Concept Designs at upcoming Drop In Sessions.

The Draft Detailed Concept Designs for Myrtleford, Bright and Porepunkah were approved by Council at the November Ordinary Council Meeting and will be on public exhibition for 28 days.

Council’s Director Assets Charlie Bird said local communities had played a big part in the design process for the $6 million project.

“The Alpine Better Places project commenced in early 2015 and during that time we’ve held two community consultation sessions in each of the three towns,” he said.

“Community input was sought in March to prioritise projects in each of the townships and community feedback was requested on preliminary concept designs in June during our Day of Design workshops.

“We now have draft detailed designs for each of the three towns and we are inviting community members to come along to one of the drop in sessions in Myrtleford, Porepunkah and Bright, to view full-size plans and ask questions.”

The Myrtleford project will see significant improvement in Myrtle Street’s streetscape with a tree-lined boulevard, high quality paving treatments and improved pedestrian connectivity.

“Jubilee Park will see the introduction of a large barbeque and picnic shelter, better connectivity to the piazza and pedestrian bridge over Happy Valley Creek and improvements will be made to the public toilets,” Mr Bird said.

Mr Bird said the Porepunkah draft designs show the removal of the service lane in Nicholson Street to increase and widen the riverside parkland, the addition of a barbeque and picnic shelter and a viewing platform over the Ovens River.

“The five-way Nicholson and Bailey Street intersection will also be simplified as well as streetscape enhancements along Nicholson Street and new Porepunkah gateway signage installed on the Great Alpine Road and at the old Porepunkah Bridge,” he said.

Bright will see improved gateways, significant streetscape works in Gavan Street and Barnard Street.

“Enhancements to Barnard Street will create a lively shared zone, and Gavan Street will see tree planting and paving treatments along with better and safer pedestrian refuges,” he said.

“Improvements will be made to Mafeking Square to ensure it’s maintained as the ceremonial heart of Bright and these improvements are consistent with plans which were adopted by council a couple of years ago.

“The inclusion of a Rail Trail rest stop in the heart of Bright will give riders a place to park their bikes while they stop to enjoy the town.”

The Draft Detailed Concept Designs are also available on Council’s website and submissions are invited until December 16.

Copies of the Draft Detailed Concept Designs can be inspected at the Council office in Bright or at the Bright and Myrtleford Libraries or they can be downloaded from under ‘on exhibition and public meetings’.

Submissions can be sent to:
Alpine Better Places
Alpine Shire Council
PO BOX 139
Bright, Vic, 3741 or emailed to

Drop In Sessions –
Porepunkah – Tuesday, December 1, 3pm – 5pm at Punkah Pantry
Myrtleford – Wednesday, December 2, 3pm – 5pm at Alpine Gate Café
Bright – Thursday, December 3, 3pm – 5pm at Bright Library


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