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 2018/2019 budget was adopted at the June 2018 Council meeting with the Capital Works program receiving $10.4 million. This excludes projects that may be carried over from the 2017/2018 year. Of the $10.4 million in capital funding required, $6.7 million will come from Council operations, $1.7 million from external grants and contributions, $0.8 million from reserves and asset sales and $1.2 million to be funded by new borrowings.
To achieve our objective of quality community infrastructure, we will continue to plan, deliver and improve high quality, cost effective, accessible and responsive services with each business area outlined below.
- Assets – $1.58 million
- Parks and Open Spaces – $1.68 million
- Roads and Maintenance – 2.74 million
- Risk and Property – $568,000
Major initiatives in the budget this year include:
- Annual asset renewal program including road reconstruction, buildings, fleet and equipment and road drainage maintenance program – $718,184.00
- Hepburn Netball Change Rooms – $390,350
- East Street Road Lowering Under Railway Bridge – $200,000
- Tree Risk Mitigation – $105,000
- Road Safety Improvement Program – $50,000
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 2018/2019 allocation is as follows:
- Capital Building Renewal Program – $953,000
- Road Reseal Preparation Program – $85,000
- Road Reseal Program – $784,000
- Road Gravel Re-sheet program – $496,000
- Pavement Rehabilitation, Formation & Drainage Program – $1,454,000
- Footpath Improvement and Renewal Program – $146,500
- Kerb and Channel Rehabilitation – $249,000
- Bridge Renewal Program – $278,250
Projects commencing in the second half of 2018/19 financial year include:
- Refurbishment of Wills Square Daylesford – $300,000
- Rehabilitation of 1.7km of Creswick Lawrence Road – $550,000
- Construction of Bleakley Street Footpath – $141,000
- East Street Railway Bridge Underpass
- Tylden Springhill Road Intersection
- Rehabilitation of 1.1km Daylesford Clunes Road Ullina – $500,000
- Clunes Town Hall – Stage 2 Internal Rehabilitation Works
- Drummond Hall Refurbishment Works
- Calembeen Park Signage Project
- Jubilee Lake
Projects Underway in 2019
Rehabilitation of Creswick Lawrence Road
The rehabilitation of 1.7km of the Creswick Lawrence Road commenced in early February and is expected to be completed by mid March. The $600k project is being funded by the State Government’s R2R (Roads to Recovery) funding.
Trentham Netball Facility
Hepburn Netball Facility
Daylesford Soccer Rooms Refurbishment
Bleakley Street Footpath Construction
The reconstruction of a 220 metre section of new footpath has commenced in Bleakley Street Daylesford. This will connect the existing footpath from King Street down to the majestic Lake Daylesford precinct. The project is being funded by Council for $140k.
Houston Street Rehabilitation
Council have funded $160k towards the sealing upgrade of 800 metres in Houston Street Daylesford. The project has just been completed and was constructed by Council’s internal works maintenance team.
Creswick Bouldering Wall
Council funded $24k to build a new bouldering wall which is located in the Creswick Splash Park. The wall was completed in January 2019 and being enjoyed by users of the splash park.
July – December 2018
In the first 6 months of the 2018/19 financial year, Council started/completed a significant amount of projects.
Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve
Final touches to the Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve Improvement Project were completed in October with the painting of the light posts and installation of directional and interpretive signage.
Gravel Re-sheet Program
Council’s Gravel Re-sheet Program was completed prior to Christmas by the Works and Maintenance Teams in Daylesford and Creswick.
Andersons Mill Bridge Refurbishment
The refurbishment of the historic Andersons Mill Bridge in Smeaton was completed in August of last year. The historic bridge is over 100 years old and weathered many storms, floods and even a fire before being closed to vehicles a few years ago. The newly rebuilt bridge incorporates some beautiful and very large timbers and some extraordinary engineering. The new bridge was officially re-opened on 16 November 2018 by Mayor, Councillor Don Henderson and Ward Councillor Neil Newitt.
Hepburn Springs Streetscape Works
The Reconstruction of the intersection of 5th and 9th Streets in Hepburn Springs has been completed.
Tree Planting on Clunes Daylesford Road
As part of Council’s Street Tree Planting Program, 72 Scarlet Oaks were planted on the approach to Clunes along the Clunes Daylesford Road.
Creswick Streetscape Works – Albert St Creswick Footpath and Pedestrian Crossing
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.