$1million plus hall works underway

The slab has been poured, framing is up and work is expected to be completed by the end of the month on renovations to the Porepunkah Hall.

This $140,000 project is one of five hall upgrade projects, valued at more than $1million, currently being managed by the Alpine Shire Council. Three of the halls; Mudgegonga, Happy Valley and St Albans have either received funding from the Victorian Bushfire Recovery and Reconstruction Authority (VBRRA) or been accepted for funding by the group.

Alpine CEO, Ian Nicholls said work is expected to start soon on the $369,000 upgrade to the St Albans Hall at Running Creek.

"The contractor has been appointed and the design is awaiting building approval," Mr Nicholls said.

The Mudgegonga hall committee will seek community input on the works to be carried out as part of the $453,000 development of their hall. It is anticipated that a contract for these works will be awarded in June or July.

The Rosewhite community will soon know the outcome of its funding submission to VBRRA. A decision is expected at VBRRA's 17 March meeting. Preliminary drawings for changes to the Happy Valley Hall have been prepared and will be finalised after this announcement.

"Council staff are also working with the Freeburgh community to progress plans for a new hall estimated to cost about $133,000. The application for a planning permit is currently with VicRoads regarding access and parking. Once this has been determined final costs for the project can be assessed."

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