- Youth SPOT
Stage 1 nearly completed. Shelley to contact Alan from Lion’s Club and local kids to select colours for the concrete cubes.
- Recreation Reserve Master Plan
Rail Trail Stage 2
Darren Buchannan, provided an overview of the Cycling Strategy (2013 – 2017). This included upgrades to footpaths in Impey Street and outside of the primary school. Vic Roads have funded pedestrian islands in the town centre are looking at improving safety bridge traffic of pedestrian safety around the main town intersection which is why they have reviewed the island crossing between the post office and pub.
An engineering report and costing of the Rail Trail Stage 2 has been finalized and presented to MCP. Total costs from Impey Street are around 1.88 million. The bridge component is $700,000. The bridge is about to be given heritage listing and there would need to be a more detailed investigation if the Rail Trail stage 2 was approved so costs could increase.
Megan Hill suggested that alternative sections could be developed to avoid problems such as Ewarts yard and to look at accessing Campbells Bend on the east side of the river as an alternative to the current route across private land.
Actions: Megan to liaise with Darren to plot new route using Council’s GPS.
MCP members to write a letter to the CEO, Peter Harriot, regarding signage to the Murchison Rail Trail and links to and from the town.
Interested members need to source funding opportunities. See Josh for advice on accessing Grant Guru.
Iconic Town Entrances
Fourteen people that included a number of East Murchison residents attended the meeting with Louise Costa-Pele and Melissa Stagg.
Their presentation and proposal for a native vegetation corridor with a silver foliage theme was welcomed by most. Their proposal also identified the need to remove noxious weeds, including a range of trees and discussion brought up a number of issues around the walking track which is unsafe and subject to inundation.
A concept plan will be developed by mid Sept. Dates to be advised;
Any feedback to the proposal to be provided at the next MCP meeting;
Josh to investigate weed and pest control programs offered by Council.
5.1 Small town trails initiative
A successful meeting was held with members from Tatura, Toolamba, Dhurringile community groups and MCP to look at possible routes, map out a trail and to look at any specific issues along sections of the trail. There is an old heritage trail around Toolamba which could be included pending further investigation.
Hillary Grigg, is gathering information on waste issues during public holidays, especially Easter around Murchison. Considerations include: extra pick-ups on long weekends; the opening of the Murchison Waste Recovery Centre; skip bin around the Lion’s Park; recycle bins to be emptied weekly not fortnightly, more signs and visibility of bins. Hillary will be in contact to advise further.
7.1 Pick My Project Funding Opportunity
Rhonda to write a short article for 3610 regarding two applications. An application was submitted by Kaye Ball for the Murchison Meteorite celebrations in 2019 and another by Rhonda Chrisanthou for The Aboriginal Art Wetland Trail. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of July. Voting for projects begins around mid August. Dates to be advised.
8.1 Murchison Business Event
Next event is planned for Wednesday 22 August with Carrie Donaldson.
Action: Jenny Lister to advise on details and to confirm location, possibly at the community centre. Will send out flyer.
9.1 What is happening in your town?
A date has been set for this event on Wednesday October 24 at 7pm at the Football/ Netball Clubrooms. Shelley to confirm by the next meeting.
10.1 Major event proposal
Natasha Boyle has prepared a Business Plan to stage a market in Murchison along the riverbank. The Plan will initially be auspiced by Murchison Community Care but will aim to become an incorporated body. Natasha was seeking initial support from MCP.
Action: Natasha will provide a letter to the MCP committee for in principle support.
11.1 Final meeting
The Murchison Golf Club will hold its final meeting on Wednesday August 1 at 7pm at the clubroom. Any interested community members too attend.