Council’s Capital Works Program has been developed to meet community infrastructure needs now and into the future. It also enables existing assets, including roads, bridges, footpaths and buildings to be maintained and improved to an acceptable and safe level.
Council’s 2017/2018 budget was adopted at the June Council meeting with the Capital Works Program expenditure allocated at $12,830.00. Planning is now underway to deliver these projects over the next 12 months in various locations across the Shire.
In addition to Council’s annual gravel re-sheet and reseal programs Council has allocated $1.88 million to its pavement rehabilitation, formation and drainage program. This program will see the reconstruction/upgrade of all/sections of the following roads:
- Daylesford-Clunes Road, Clunes
- Allendale Kingston Road, Allendale
- Zig Zag Road, Drummond North
- Fifth Street, Hepburn Springs
- Diary Flat Road, Musk
Annual Renewal and Rehabilitation Programs
Council allocates significant funding towards its annual renewal and rehabilitation programs for roads, footpaths, drainage, bridges and playgrounds and the 2017/2018 allocation is as follows:
- Capital Building Renewal Program – $1,235,000
- Road Reseal Program – $885,000
- Road Gravel Re-sheet program – $623,000
- Pavement Rehabilitation, Formation & Drainage Program – $1,880,000
- Footpath Improvement and Renewal Program – $190,000
- Bridge Renewal Program – $356,000
- Playground Equipment Replacement Program – $50,000
Walking and Cycling Priority Projects and Footpath Expansion Program
Last year Council engaged with the community to upgrade our walking and cycling strategy priority projects and adopted a new set of priorities. Council delivered many projects in the 2016/2017 year and in the coming year we will be constructing new footpaths and walking tracks across the Shire. Some of these projects include:
- Bridport Street, Daylesford (between Central Springs Road and Stanbridge Street)
- Raglan Street, Daylesford (between Trewhella Avenue and the Shell Petrol Station)
- Ligar Street, Clunes (between Bland Street and Clunes-Campbelltown Street)
- Walking Trail to Gunyah Drive Trentham
- Walking Trail to Fairview Estate Clunes
To view the updated Chapter 11 of Council’s Walking and Cycling Strategy please click on the link below.
A number of major projects which started last year are still being rolled out including the Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve Improvement Project, the Resurrection of Lake Daylesford and the Town and Road Signage Project.
Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve Improvement Project
The HMSR improvement project aims to improve the visitor experience at the reserve, which remains one of the most popular resident and visitor destinations in the Hepburn Shire. The reserve is of state significance due to the rich history surrounding the area and the unique nature of the natural mineral springs located in the reserve.
The project commenced a few months ago and include improvements to conservation, connections and pathways, sustainable management, maintenance, interpretative and wayfinding signage, entry presentation, planting and traffic management.
The Resurrection of Lake Daylesford
Last year Council asked the community how we could make Lake Daylesford a better place for locals and visitors. One Collective Urban Design were engaged to consult with the public and pull together these ideas, the results of which can be viewed by the attached link.
Council allocated $130,000 towards the project and Regional Development Victoria added a significant funding boost of $250,000. The project is to enhance the user and visitor experience of this iconic Lake and the Central Springs area with improvements to interpretive and way-finding signage, path surfaces, public toilets as well as vast improvements to the lake foreshore including paths, seating, plantings, and upgrade to playground and BBQ facilities.
The last pieces of the puzzle are coming together at Lake Daylesford with the following works completed or near completion.
- Upgrades to the gravel carpark to better define the spaces and increase capacity.
- Construction of a concrete path along the front of the carparks providing all-weather connection between the Bookbarn and Boathouse Café.
- Improvements to the playground fencing and surrounds.
- Construction of a path through the centre of the site to connect the Lake Walk across the foreshore.
- Construction of a boardwalk at the water’s edge.
- Construction of grass terraces.
- Installation of furniture
- Planting of trees, shrubs and groundcovers.
Other planting works around the Lake have also commenced including the following.
- Planting of 7 advanced Oak trees and over 7000 plants throughout Central Springs.
- Planting at the Perrins Street Jetty.
- Planting at the Picnic Jetty (near the Mullock Heap).
Town and Shire Road Signage Project
The new Town and Shire Road signage project is well underway with new signs being installed on our Shire’s boundaries. New signs are also being installed in our towns and at various Council buildings and landmarks including Lake Daylesford and Creswick.
Creswick Trails Project
The Creswick Trails project will deliver around 100km of purpose-built trail, a trailhead at Hammon Park and a regionally significant Pump Track.
This project will establish Creswick Trails as an iconic mountain biking “must do” destination that is suitable for 2-3 day and return visits which will provide an economic boost and great social benefit to the township of Creswick.
Since Regional Development Victoria announced the State Government’s generous funding, work has commenced to finalise the funding agreement and prepare for early stages of implementation. Work currently being undertaken includes:
- Drafting of the funding agreement
- Development of the Project Management Plan
- Scoping documentation for a master-plan of Hammon Park
Community members will have the opportunity to provide advice and feedback on the project through community engagement sessions. There will also be the opportunity for those interested to be part of the User Reference Group that will convene regularly throughout the projects life.
Lee Medlyn Home of Bottles Clunes – Deck Construction and Car Park Upgrade
A new deck is being constructed to the lunchroom area of the Lee Medlyn Home of Bottles in Clunes. Upgrade works also include landscaping and drainage improvements and the formalisation of the car park area. Total cost of the project is $12,500.
Creswick Town Hall Kitchen Upgrade
Council are investing $35,000 to upgrade the kitchen at the Creswick Town Hall and to create a new alternate access to the toilet facilities. Works will be completed by the end of October and will greatly benefit the local community and various groups using the Town Hall facility.
Installation of new shade sail at the Glenlyon Recreation Reserve Playground
A new shade sail will be installed at Glenlyon Recreation Reserve playground in October a the total cost of $13,500.