$500,000 boost for Alpine Better Places

THE Bright Alpine Better Places Project has received a $500,000 funding injection thanks to the State Government.

The $1.44 million project includes a range of improvements that will lift the space around Mafeking Square and create a place for the community to enjoy, attract visitors and ultimately grow the local and regional economy.

Alpine Shire Council Director Assets Charlie Bird said work will begin at the start of February 2017 for completion in time for ANZAC Day.

“This exciting project recognises Mafeking Square as the social and cultural heart of Bright,” he said.

“We know how important the centres of our townships are not only to the way our communities live their day-to-day lives, but also to how attractive a place is for visitors.

“Alpine Better Places will create a town centre that keeps people coming back to Bright and helps build our essential tourism and events industry.

“It includes the installation of advanced trees and planting, improvements to pavements and surface finishes, as well as custom made street furniture seating, bicycle rails and feature lighting.”

The $500,000 has been made available through the Victorian Government’s Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund. The balance of the project will be funded by Council.

Mr Bird said the final design was the result of close consultation with the community.

“This is a fantastic example of what can be achieved when we work together,” he said.

“The support of community groups such as the Bright and District Chamber of Commerce and Bright RSL sub-branch, as well as local businesses, has been invaluable.

“We now have a project that is supported strongly by the community and the State Government, is shovel-ready and will result in real, on-the-ground work in just a few months.”

The Alpine Better Places Project will rejuvenate the streetscapes in Bright, Porepunkah and Myrtleford.

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