Greater Shepparton City Council meeting on tonight

By Ashlea Witoslawski

Six Greater Shepparton councillors will sit down tonight for this month’s ordinary meeting to discuss varying community plans and projects.

All present will discuss the recommendation of Cr Dennis Patterson as a delegate and chair nominee for Region 2 of the Murray-Darling Association.

The association is the peak body for local government in the Murray-Darling Basin, ensuring healthy, connected rivers supporting re-generative agriculture, regional development and sustainable communities are strengthened across the basin.

Greater Shepparton City Council has been a member of the association since 2015.

A number of recommendations have also been put forward in regards to the Shepparton railway pedestrian overpass and shared path linkages, including endorsing of the concept plans and ensuring funding discussions take place in the future for the project’s construction.

The redevelopment of the Shepparton Railway Precinct is one of three major infrastructure projects that make up the Shepparton CBD Revitalisation Project.

The pedestrian overpass is a key element of the redevelopment, removing a virtual and physical barrier to access between the station and CBD.

The council will also vote on the recommendation to accept the tender submitted by Jarvis Delahey Contractors for the Verney Rd intersection upgrade.

The upgrade of the intersection from a roundabout to a signalised intersection is part of the council’s 2018-19 capital program and has a total estimated cost of $5280074 with expenditure scheduled over the three financial years.

The works of Jarvis Delahey Contractors relate to road and drainage construction with a lump sum of $2608468.47 in addition to a proposed contract variation amount of $451497.17 decided on by the council’s procurement department for work scope.

Councillors will discuss the allocation of grant funding for a number of projects through the Community Arts Grants Program, the Community Matching Grants Scheme and the Small Town Festive Grants Program.

A recommendation has also been put forward for the renaming of Archers Field in Mooroopna to Sherwood Park.

Proposed in April last year, the name is based on the Sherwood Forest of Robin Hood fame, in keeping with the estate’s archery theme.

Councillors will also look at a recommendation to name the first corner at the Shepparton BMX facility the ‘‘Leigh Egan Corner’’.