Alpine Better Places Project - Porepunkah

February 2017 Project Update

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced on Monday, 20 February that the State Government will commit $500,000 towards the Porepunkah Alpine Better Places Project.

Works to upgrade Porepunkah’s Town Centre will commence this week (Monday, 20 February).

We invite you to come along to hear about the staging of project works, at either of the following sessions:
A Public Information Meeting will be held at the Porepunkah Pub, from 5 – 6 pm on Wednesday 22 February.

The project team will provide an update on the proposed works and the construction contractor will also present the anticipated staging of the works. This is your opportunity to hear the latest on the project, ask questions and give us your feedback on the proposed construction staging.

If you cannot make it to the meeting, you can also drop-in to the Punkah Pantry, between 2:30 and 4:30pm on Wednesday 22 February, to view the latest plans and talk to the project team.

Construction will commence within the service lane between the general store and the pub. Demolition of the existing kerb and pavements will be undertaken first, followed by construction of the newly aligned kerbs and driveways. The service lane will be closed within this section during the works, however access to the general store, Punkah Pantry and the bus stop will remain open. Traffic and pedestrian management will be in place to control access to the two homes between the general store and the pub.

For your own safety, please comply with all signage and do not enter the construction areas.

There will be increased noise, heavy vehicle traffic, disruptions and detours in the Porepunkah town centre throughout the duration of the works. We understand these works will cause inconvenience and thank you for your patience during this time.

December 2016 Project Update

Council has received tenders for the landscape and roadworks, as well as the supply of custom made street furniture for Porepunkah.

Council currently has a funding application with the State Government and as it is our preference to deliver projects with external funding wherever possible, we are waiting on the outcome of this application before awarding the contracts. We hope to hear whether the application has been successful early in the new year. In the meantime, we are liaising with the tenderers to determine what impact this delay may have on the construction program.

We will provide another update early next year with regard to the successful tenderer and the construction timeline, once we have more information on the result of the funding application.

In the meantime, you can download the latest finishes plan here. This plan reflects the intent of the works and is provided for information purposes only. Please note that there may be some variations to the works during construction, which will result in differences between the constructed works and those detailed on this plan.

November 2016 Project Update

On Thursday 6 November, Member for Murray, Damian Drum MP, on behalf of Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash MP, visited Myrtleford to announce that the Alpine Better Places Project has received a total of $990,000 in funding under Round 3 of the Federal Governments National Stronger Regions Fund. Of this funding, $276,000 is allocated to the Porepunkah works and the remaining $714,000 to the Myrtleford works. We are grateful for this funding, which is a huge boost for both the Porepunkah and Myrtleford components of the Alpine Better Places project.

Since August, the following works have been completed or are underway:
- Documentation of the Porepunkah landscape and road works
- Tendering of the landscape and road works
- Tendering of the custom made street furniture
- Stakeholder and authority engagement

We are still aiming to award the contracts for the landscape and road works, as well as the custom made street furniture in early December 2016. At that time we will have a preliminary construction program, so it is our intention to hold an information session in December to seek feedback on the proposed program and to present the plans for construction. It is still anticipated that the majority of the construction works will occur in February and March 2017.

September 2016 Project Update

In July 2016 Council adopted a budget of $1,700,000 (Grants $341,000 & Alpine Shire Contribution $1,359,000) to undertake the Porepunkah works.

Work has commenced with the following already completed or underway:
- Design consultants appointed to document Bright, Stage 1 and Porepunkah works
- Subsurface utility location and mapping
- Arboricultural reporting
- Geotechnical investigations and reporting
- Additional feature survey
- Heritage investigations
- Stakeholder and authority engagement commenced

On August 30 a project update was presented to the PUNCA meeting and the presentation can be downloaded here.

We are currently working to complete documentation of the works in order to tender the construction works later this year. At this stage it is anticipated that the majority of the construction works will occur in February and March 2017.

Alpine Better Places

Council commenced its Alpine Better Places project in early 2015, with the aim of delivering detailed concept designs for priority projects in each of the town centres of Porepunkah, Bright and Myrtleford. The project progressed well through its first three phases including two rounds of community consultation. Council and community input was sought in March to prioritise projects in each of the townships. Council and community feedback was then sought on the preliminary concept designs in June and their visions for each town have been included on the draft detailed concept designs.

The proposed streetscape improvements were outlined in the Draft Detailed Concept Designs which went on public exhibition in late 2015. At the March 2016 Council Meeting, following consideration of all comments and submissions received, Council determined to adopt both the recommended responses to the formal submissions and the Final Detailed Concept Designs for Myrtleford, Porepunkah and Bright, completed under Alpine Better Places.

The de-identified submission summaries and decisions can be viewed under the 2016 Council meeting agendas and minutes, 1 March 2016 - Ordinary Council Meeting. The Final Detailed Concept Designs can also be downloaded here:

Bright

Myrtleford

Porepunkah

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