ALPINE Shire Council will be seeking input from Bright and Porepunkah residents on what their township central activity areas need, as part of the Alpine Better Places project.
The Federal Government contributed $150,000, from its Regional Growth Fund last August, to enable council to develop a new planning and engagement strategy for the towns.
Council is contributing $50,000, towards the project and they have appointed MDG Landscape Architects to develop detailed concept designs for key public spaces in Bright, Porepunkah and Myrtleford.
Mayor Jan Vonarx said the aim of the project is to identify and develop a number of transformational projects for key public areas and Bright’s projects will concentrate on how to best connect the riverside park precinct with the retail precinct.
“It seems as though one of the major challenges in Bright is what to do with Mafeking Square,” she said.
“We know that some people want the area closed off to traffic, while some community members want it left alone, and others want us to pretty it up.
“We will be holding community sessions to see what the majority of residents want to see done to Mafeking Square and the rest of the town centre, and once that’s settled we can move ahead and focus on the achievable and important projects.”