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Hero trail fund cut

ALPINE councillors have slashed a $300,000 “back of an envelope” funding plan for Bright’s “Hero Trail” in favour of looking at user pays options and a 10-year-plan.

The four-year plan tabled at this month’s council meeting recommended that Alpine Community Plantations, which oversees the park, would have received $95,000 in the next financial year, followed by $80,000, $70,000 and $60,000.

Former mayor Peter Roper slammed the recommendation as a “back of an envelope calculation”.

“This council has been through many difficult days to get it to where it is now (financially) and to throw money around willy-nilly without a business plan is not how we do business in Alpine Shire anymore,” he said at the council meeting.

Cr Roper moved a new plan that commits $50,000 as long as there were road improvements; installation of entry gates and signage; a new entry at Bakers Gully; certification of the mountain bike trails and improved mapping; and weekly mountain bike trail assessments before June 30.

The full version of this story can be read in the print editions of the Myrtleford Times and Alpine Observer of Wednesday, 29 March, 2017 Click here to purchase the current digital edition

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