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 2017 Council meeting with the Capital Works Program expenditure allocated at $12,830,000. 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
- 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
The Reconstruction of Second Part of Zig Zag Road Drummond
The reconstruction of a 1.5km section of Zig Zag Road in Drummond was completed in April 2018.
Reconstruction of Daylesford-Clunes Road
Funding from the Roads to Recovery Program has seen the commencement of the reconstruction of 2km section of the Daylesford-Clunes Road from Ligar Street to Birch Creek. Works also include complex drainage works and the project is due for completion by mid April 2018.
Upgrade to the Daylesford Cenotaph
The upgrade works to the Daylesford Cenotaph were completed in time for the Anzac Day memorial services. The improvement project was delivered in a partnership arrangement with the RSL. Funding of $20k was successful through the State Government’s Community War Memorials Grant Program with the Daylesford RSL and Council allocating the remaining $11k. The works form part of the plans designed by David Turley from 2011 and include the following:
- Paving works to provide a uniform, high-quality surface free from trip edges and accessible to all.
- Extended paving (including gravel) around the cenotaph to allow more people to safely approach the memorial, improved guest seating and to cater for larger events at the cenotaph.
- Improve the surrounds of the memorial including removing and replacing the existing hedge planting, upgrading the irrigation and screen views.
Refurbishment of the Glenlyon Hall
Stage one of the refurbishment of the Glenlyon Town Hall was completed in March 2018, with a new forecourt and creation of new car parking and accessible parking on the southern side.
Funding of $300k was received from the Victorian Government with assistance from the Hepburn Shire Council , The Glenlyon Progress Association and Volunteers, the Daylesford and District Community Bank and Haymes Paint.
The final stage will see landscaping along the northern side of the hall with planting of deciduous trees and a gravel pathway from the front to the new proposed toilet site at the rear of the building.
Walking and Cycling Priority Projects and Footpath Expansion Program
In 2017 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 in 2017 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.
After 2 years of planning, community consultation, construction works, landscaping and the installation of way finding and interpretive signage the project was finally completed in late February 2018.
The final piece of the puzzle saw the completion of the foreshore and boardwalk including the following:
- Construction of a connecting path to complete the “circuit” path around Lake Daylesford.
- Walling to produce ‘level’ lawn terraces which improve useability and maintainability.
- Safe access to the Lake edge by constructing of a boardwalk close to the water level.
- Improved accessibility including a sloping path connecting the carpark to the boardwalk.
- Improved accessibility to the playground and along the carpark.
- Seating – standard as well as informal concrete seating walls.
- Tree and other planting to provide shade, habitat and make the place more beautiful.
The completed foreshore and landscaping works
New way finding and interpretive signage around the lake
Town and Shire Road Signage Project
The new Town and Shire Road signage project is ongoing with new signs installed on our Shire boundaries. New signs are now 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 has been constructed to the lunchroom area of the Lee Medlyn Home of Bottles in Clunes. Upgrade works 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 have invested $35,000 to upgrade the kitchen at the Creswick Town Hall and create a new alternate access to the toilet facilities. Works were completed in late 2017 and have greatly benefitted 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 was installed in 2017 at Glenlyon Recreation Reserve playground at the total cost of $13,500.