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.
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.
Clunes Town Hall Underpinning Works
The underpinning structural works have been completed at the Clunes Town Hall with the relaying of the bluestones to be completed in the following weeks.
Reconstruction of Zig Zag Road Drummond North
Tenders have now been awarded for the reconstruction of 1.45km of Zig Zag Road in Drummond North. This stretch of road was identified for upgrading through Council’s annual asset road condition assessment. Upgrade works will include road reconstruction, road widening, installation of minor kerb and channel and drainage improvements. Works are expected to commence in late September.
The base material of Zig Zag Road has now been laid.
Reconstruction of Hepburn Newstead Road Hepburn
A 3.5km section of Hepburn Newstead Road was also identified in Council’s annual asset road condition assessment and has been upgraded from Twentieth Street to Basalt Road, Shepherds Flat. Works have included road reconstruction, road widening, installation of kerb and channel, drainage improvements and safety upgrades including new guard rail installation at key points.
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
Town and Shire Road Signage Project
In 2015 Council engaged One Collective Urban Design to present some initial ideas and generate discussion regarding future township, way finding and interpretive signage within the Hepburn Shire. The aim was to show how a new approach could be undertaken to create signage which is unique and better represents the history, landscape and character of the Shire.
The design and elements chosen for the signage consist of contemporary rural characteristics inspired by simple robust materials common to the local area and its history. The idea is to create a hierarchy of signage which will vary in scale from town to village and also provide insight into the cultural and historical elements of a number of significant location within the Shire.
The project is underway and will be rolled out across the Shire over the next six months.
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.