Alpine Better Places Tawonga

The Alpine Better Places Tawonga project will deliver detailed concept plans for the township that illustrate, estimate and prioritise township improvement works.

Council is working with the Tawonga community to prepare plans which illustrate, cost and prioritise:

  • Improved streetscape treatment of the Kiewa Valley Highway, including a safer pedestrian connection to Tawonga Pioneer Memorial Park, pedestrian pathways extending along the highway and integrated landscape treatments to give the Tawonga township an improved sense of destination.
  • Improvements to Tawonga Pioneer Memorial Park, including upgraded and additional facilities and infrastructure.

June 2022 Update

Council has welcomed the passion of the Tawonga community, with a recent survey attracting almost 300 responses and providing strong feedback on the future of a popular recreation space.

In May Council asked the Tawonga community to help refine the future use of the land currently occupied by the Tawonga Scout Hall.

The ageing building will be demolished to make way for something that better meets the needs of the growing township.

The response to our survey was fantastic - 280 responses.

The largest number of votes supported the installation of a pump track.

A community building received the second largest number of votes, with the parkland and relocated playing courts receiving less support.

Thank you to everyone who completed the survey and attended a community session - it was so fantastic to see the passion and commitment of the Tawonga community in their response to this project.

These survey results will help inform the future concept designs for this space - keep your eyes out for future updates on this exciting project!

The concept plans for the site are currently being finalised, factoring in the strong responses from the community.

Council will keep the community informed on the final concept plans, which will be presented to Council for endorsement at a future Council Meeting, as well as next steps to secure funding and move forward with delivery.

Some responses have been edited to maintain the anonymity of respondents.

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May 2022 update

Tawonga community - we need your help!

Council has purchased the ageing Scout Hall building. Following a decision at the April Council Meeting the hall will be demolished to make way for one of four key concepts to support community use of the space.

An online survey is now open to help us establish which of four possible concept designs for the Scout Hall space will best meet the needs of the community.

We’re calling on community members to share their views on which design option they prefer by completing a quick online survey here. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ABPTawonga

The four designs all offer different solutions for the Scout Hall space.

We want to know what the Tawonga community thinks - whether they would prefer parkland, new community building with parking, relocated playing courts or a pump track circuit?

We are also welcoming any other ideas and feedback on the Scout Hall site and how best to tie it in with the rest of the Alpine Better Places concept design work.

The survey is now open, and will close at 5pm on Thursday, 26 May.

A community meeting will be held with the project consultants and Council project staff on Thursday, 19 May to discuss the options and gather feedback.

  • Date: Thursday, 19 May
  • Time: 7pm
  • Venue: Tawonga Memorial Hall

We encourage everyone to make the most of the opportunity to learn more and share their views face-to-face.

Feedback and survey results will be used to refine the final proposed concept and make any changes to the plans.

We will return to the community in July to confirm that those changes meet their needs.


April 2022 update:

The Alpine Better Places Tawonga project is moving forward, after a pause in the project while Council awaited a resolution on its proposed purchase of the Tawonga Scout Hall. 

The purchase has been secured, and following a decision at the April Meeting Council will now demolish the ageing building to make way for one of four key concepts to support community use of the land.

The Scout Hall is in extremely poor condition, and it is not viable for Council to renovate the building for future use.

The land is extremely valuable in the scope of the Alpine Better Places Tawonga project - the site provides a great opportunity to deliver an exceptional outcome for the community.

Based on feedback during previous stages of engagement, and feedback received in relation to the proposal for Council to purchase the Tawonga Scout Hall, four alternative draft concept designs have been prepared.

Extensive community engagement has been carried out to date, and we will soon be seeking feedback on what the community thinks about the options, and any other possible uses of the land that will support community connection and recreation.


July 2021 update:

The final concept plans for Alpine Better Places Tawonga are available for community feedback.

Thank you to everyone who attended our community sessions, your feedback is important to the final project.

Have your say on the plans by Wednesday, 18 August by sending your feedback to submissions@alpineshire.vic.gov.au or via mail to: 

Alpine Shire Council 

PO Box 139

Bright VIC 3741


June 2021 update:

Residents are invited see an overview on the latest detailed concept designs of Alpine Better Places Tawonga, at an upcoming community information session.

Choose from a lunch or evening session to see the latest plans explained by the project team, ask any questions and provide your feedback

Tuesday, 13 July 2021 | Tawonga Memorial Hall

Lunch session | 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Evening session | 7pm - 8pm 

If you are unable to attend on the day, the sessions will be recorded and available to view on our YouTube channel and website in the days following, and plans will be available to view on our website.

A two-week public consultation period will follow from the sessions to ensure everyone has the chance to have their say on the latest plans. 

 


February 2021 update:

Project consultants MDG Landscape Architecture have prepared draft detailed concept plans for Alpine Better Places Tawonga.

Residents were invited to a community information session to learn more about the project, which aims to revitalise and connect central township and recreation spaces.

The sessions were recorded and are available to view online.

A public consultation phase is now underway to ensure everyone has the chance to have their say on the draft plans.

Please submit your feedback to submissions@alpineshire.vic.gov.au by Wednesday, 10 March 2021.


August 2020 update:

On Tuesday, 15 July, Tawonga community members were invited to have their say on the draft concept plans during a webinar hosted by project consultants MDG Landscape Architecture. The presentation walked participants through the site analysis of the subject area, the opportunities identified and potential projects for community discussion and feedback.

MDG have collated the feedback from the July webinar and subsequent community engagment.

Draft Phase One plans are now available to view, providing a visual of where the community have placed their support for the initial concept ideas.

Where to from here?

Site feature surveys will be undertaken, then draft detailed concept plans will be prepared by MDG to propose the aesthetic direction and functional outcomes of the selected project areas. This information will then be reviewed with the community once complete, to seek further comments and support prior to finalising.

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