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Council recognises 2016/2017 achievements

Watchbox Road view

Council has listed some of its highlights over the last 12 months, including renewal of roads, community buildings and Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve.

Wednesday 16 August 2017

Mount Alexander Shire Council this week noted the achievements completed by the organisation over the last financial year.

Council received a report on actions completed in the 2016/2017 Annual Plan. The plan is structured on achieving key priorities in the budget and the final year of the Council Plan 2013-2017.

“The annual plan report is a great way for ratepayers to see their rates at work and learn more about the many things that Council does,” said Sharon Telford, Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire.

“Councillors and staff have had a busy year working hard to deliver a variety of projects for the benefit of our communities,” said Cr Telford.

“We completed the annual road renewal program and upgraded stretches of Watchbox Road in Barfold, Diss Road in Langley and Langslow Street in Castlemaine,” she said.

“We improved footpaths in Castlemaine and Maldon and also analysed our entire footpath and trail network to understand how we should prioritise future work and maintenance.”

Community halls were given a refresh with painting, electrical and other improvements at Elphinstone, Metcalfe, Barfold, Maldon, Guildford, Sutton Grange and Campbells Creek.

“The kitchen, bar and storage area at the Bill Woodfull Recreation Reserve in Maldon was refurbished, along with upgrades to the Castlemaine Senior Citizens Centre, Castlemaine Library and the Ray Bradfield Room,” said Cr Telford.

One of the biggest projects of the year is the multi-million dollar redevelopment of Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve into a first class multi-purpose sports precinct and junior sports hub. Stage one of this multi-million dollar project is continuing and includes new netball courts, cricket nets, carparks and more.

“A personal highlight was our work with partners to secure nearly $2 million from the Victorian Government’s Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund to construct the Harcourt Mountain Bike Park,” said Cr Telford.

“The park will provide a massive boost to local tourism, and is projected to inject $9.8 million into the local economy and create 58 jobs within five years.”

Council also made the decision to stop sending waste to landfill at Castlemaine once the current operating cell is full, which will save up to $3 million.

“I certainly encourage everyone to keep an eye on our website and read the annual plan and summary of achievements. We’re now looking forward to delivering on the commitments of our new Council Plan and invite the community to stay in touch along the way,” she said.

Read more 2016/2017 highlights.

Caption: The stunning view from Watchbox Road in Barfold. The road renewal was one of Council’s highlights for the year.

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