Further community input sought over bushfire memorials and Myrtleford open space

Comments are invited regarding preliminary concepts for memorials to remember the 2009 bushfires and separately, the new open space in Myrtleford.

Bushfire memorials

The following memorial concepts are proposed:

  • An etched pictorial at Rosewhite Gap overlooking the scene, identifying fire affected communities and recounting the progress of the fire storm (in addition, Council has negotiated the placement of a new shelter at the Gap by VicRoads);
  • Etched memorials or historic plaques at the Mudgegonga, Rosewhite and Running Creek halls telling the stories of the communities and their recovery; and
  • A sculptural element and plaque at the new Myrtleford open space to provide a contemplative space for the community and visitors to reflect on the significance of the bushfires, recognise the contribution of volunteers, and remember lives lost during the tragedy

"An appropriate sculpture could be an artistic and moving component of the new open space, with different meanings for different people," Alpine Shire CEO Mr. Nicholls said.

The memorial concepts will be presented to the community at Happy Valley Hall, Rosewhite at 4.30pm on Wednesday 5 May following Christine Nixon's visit. The concepts will also be on view at:

  • the Mudgegonga, Rosewhite and Running Creek halls;
  • the Myrtleford library;
  • the Alpine Shire offices in Bright; and at
  • www.alpineshire.vic.gov.au

Comments and submissions are invited until the close of business on Friday 4 June, addressed to Jenny Packham, Community Recovery Officer, Alpine Shire Council, PO Box 139, Bright, Victoria, 3741 (or emailed to jennyp@alpineshire.vic.gov.au with 'memorial concepts' in the subject line).

For further information please contact Jenny on 5755 0537.

Myrtleford Open Space

A concept for the new open space in Myrtleford has been developed after significant community consultation; incorporating the following long term visions:

  • an inviting character with views through to the CBD;
  • pedestrian links to Jubilee Park;
  • flexibility to support markets, festivals and events;
  • links to car parking; and
  • a cooperative relationship with the adjacent properties including the Anglican Church and the court house

The community are invited to an open forum to further refine the concept on the evening of 19 May in Myrtleford. Notification of the time and venue will be publicised following confirmation of the venue.

Comments and submissions are invited until the close of business on Friday 4 June, addressed to Simon Jones, Strategic Projects Officer, Alpine Shire Council, PO Box 139, Bright, Victoria, 3741 (or emailed to info@alpineshire.vic.gov.au, with 'Myrtleford open space' in the subject line).

For further information please contact Simon on 5755 0555.

To view graphics of the proposal click here


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