Council has endorsed plans for community-led placemaking projects in Aberfeldy, Longwarry North, Modella and Seaview.
Council’s Placemaking Program allocates $200,000 annually ($50,000 in each town) to smaller rural communities to deliver projects that are at the top of the community’s wish list.
Projects are the direct result of consultation and collaboration with communities to improve liveability, contribute to health, happiness and wellbeing, and visitor attraction to the towns.
The projects were developed in consultation with community members from each town across two workshops.
At the first consultation session, the community identified a list of potential projects. Council then worked with each group to refine their ideas and create a shortlist of projects that met the Placemaking Program criteria. The preferred project for each of the communities was then identified via a community wide survey.
The final projects include:
Construction of a toilet block at 33 High Street, Aberfeldy.
Footpath extension to the Princes Way walking track from the existing walking track at Thornell’s Reserve.
Improvements to the tennis court, car parking upgrades and removal of the existing shed at the Modella Recreation Reserve.
New barbeque facilities at the Seaview Hall, and if budget allows, new outdoor lights and a cooktop at the hall.
Council will continue to engage with each community throughout the delivery phase of each project.
Each project will be funded through Council’s 2020/21 Capital Works Program.
The Placemaking Program was introduced by Council as part of the 2017-2021 Council Plan, with a range of projects delivered across rural and remote communities in Baw Baw Shire over the past two years.