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 2016/2017 budget was passed at the June Council meeting with the Capital Works Program expenditure to be in the vicinity of $14 million. 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 Resheet and Reseal Programs, Council has allocated $1.35 million to its Pavement Rehabilitation, Formation and Drainage Program. This Program will see the reconstruction of 1.45km of Zig Zag Road Drummond North and 3.5km of the Hepburn Newstead Road Hepburn Springs.
Annual Renewal and Rehabilitation Programs
Council allocates significant funding towards its annual renewal and rehabilitation programs for roads, footpaths and bridges and the 2016/2017 allocations are as follows:
- Building Structures and Renewal Program – $1,140,000
- Reseal Program – $850,000
- Gravel Re-sheet Program – $450,000
- Footpath Improvement Renewal and Footpath Expansion Program – $295,000
- Kerb and Channel Rehabilitation Program – $165,000
- Playground Equipment Replacement Program – $50,000
- Bridge Renewal Program – $153,000
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 have allocated $130,000 towards the project and a significant funding boost of $250,000 has been received from Regional Development Victoria and the State Government. 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.
In December the construction of the boardwalk at the southern end of the Lake was completed with new gravel paths leading from Bleakley Street to the boardwalk. Extensive weed removal and mulching has occurred and the area will be replanted out with indigenous species in early autumn. Works on the foreshore area will commence in the New Year.
The viewing platform at the top of Bridport Street has also been completed with landscaping, retaining walls, new seating and plantings.
Works at Central Springs are near completion with the construction of new paths, re-laying of new sleeper stairs and the installation of sleepers installed along the pathway. Extensive weed removal has also occurred along the creek and embankments. the planting of trees and shrubs will occur in Autumn.
Repairs works have commenced on the Perrin’s Street Jetty as part of the Resurrection of Lake Daylesford project.
The historic Pavilion Café at the Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve has received a new roof with funding received from Victoria’s Heritage Restoration Fund and Hepburn Shire Council.
Annual Road Reseal Program
Council has completed 31.7km of its annual road reseal program with an investment of over $850,000.
The rehabilitation of the culvert on the Kingston-Werona Road has been completed.
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 at various Council buildings and landmarks.
The upgrade of the intersection of Central Springs Road and Fulcher Street Daylesford has been completed making it a much safer intersection for the Community. It was funded by the Federal Government’s Black Spot Program.
Daylesford Cenotaph Upgrade
Council have been successful in receiving $18,000 through the Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour Grants Program to perform upgrade works on the Daylesford Cenotaph site. This will accompany $5,050 from Hepburn Shire Council and $6,100 from the Daylesford RSL. Works will include new stone paving and concrete, installation of bollards, upgrades to seating and drainage and new plantings.