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Council invests in vital infrastructure

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The $37 million proposed budget for the year ahead includes more than $11.3 million in capital works.

Friday 4 May 2018

Mount Alexander Shire Council is investing more than $11.3 million in capital works in the 2018/2019 Proposed Budget to improve vital infrastructure such as roads, bridges and community buildings, streetscapes and recreation facilities.

The $37.04 million budget will provide more than 100 services to the community. Funding for capital works includes nearly $4.5 million to improve the local road and bridge network.

“Roads and bridges are the backbone of our shire and require ongoing improvement and maintenance,” said Bronwen Machin, Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire.

“There is $3.6 million in the budget just for roads alone. That includes more than $1.5 million for road works as part of the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery Program, and another $1.6 million for road resealing and gravel road re-sheeting.”
“The Roads to Recovery funding will help reconstruct parts of Metcalfe-Redesdale Road, and the south end of Urquhart Street in Castlemaine.”

Two new concrete bridges will be constructed on Campbells Creek-Fryers Road, in addition to bridge design and investigation works at other locations around the shire.

In addition to investing nearly $1 million in drainage, Council has allowed $400,000 to improve local footpaths and streetscapes. This includes funding to construct new footpaths, and reconstruct the footpath on the north side of Mostyn Street, between Barker and Kennedy streets in Castlemaine.

Council will complete streetscape design works to create a more attractive and accessible town centre, improve pedestrian safety and better link Mostyn and Hargraves Streets to the civic centre precinct in Castlemaine. At the same time it will continue to develop detailed designs, a business case and funding opportunities for the Maldon Streetscape Project.

Mayor Machin said Council is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the community with a significant investment in leisure facilities across the shire.

“We have earmarked more than $2 million to continue to transform Wesley Hill into a junior sports hub. As part of Stage 2 we are building a new sports pavilion, and will install flood lights at Doug Powell Oval with the help of state government and community funding.”

Families and children will also love the new playgrounds coming to the shire. Council has allocated $326,000 to build a creative new play space at Victory Park in Castlemaine, and $60,000 to work with the Harcourt community to complete plans for Stanley Park North.

The proposed budget and how to make a submission are available at Have Your Say. Printed copies are available at the Civic Centre in Castlemaine, Castlemaine Library, Visitor Information Centres and Newstead Rural Transaction Centre.

Submissions close 5.00pm on Wednesday 23 May. The Council Budget 2018/2019 will be considered for adoption at 6.30pm on Tuesday 26 June at the Ordinary Meeting of Council at the Civic Centre in Castlemaine.

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