Community Forum Notes - 16 October 2018

Chiltern Community Forum notes
Topic
  Response
 Lake Anderson
  1. Clean up weeds in Lake Anderson, phragmites cannot get water for fires.
  2. Needs signs to indicate parking is available behind the shops.

 

  1. Council Officers are working to include weed & reed reductions into the annual cyclic maintenance program.
  2. This will be considered as part of the Chiltern Connectivity Plan currently being developed.
 Parking and footpath
  1. Parking behind shops
  2. Apron behind Green Lane off Conness car use for parking
  3. Footpath to railway station people forced onto middle of road
Council will consider footpaths/car parking allowances as  part of the Chiltern Connectivity Plan being developed.

 

 Martin's Lane and Lake Anderson
  1. What is the status of water seepage in Martin's Lane?
  2. At the lake suspension bridge the storyboards need replacing (near bowling green) and bolts are sticking out.

 

  1. Council officers have installed drainage pipes in an effort to relieve the water issue. We are continuing to monitor this and taking actions to resolve this issue.
  2. Bridge is scheduled for maintenance inspection and works will be carried out if deemed necessary.

 

 Main Street
  1. Concern over commercial shops becoming residential.
  2. Can Council waive fees for planter boxes in the street?
  3. Damaged posts - can heritage posts be replaced with like for like? This would need to be enforced.

 

 

  1. Council is aware of this issue and it was discussed at a recent Council briefing. There are specific controls in the Planning Scheme relating to the residential use of ground floor, street frontage space within a commercial building.  Council will consider this matter again in the new year, following a survey of all townships to establish the extent of such uses.  
  2. We will consider this in the next review of the Local Law No 1 and the Trading Places Policy.
  3. Council is unaware of any particular instances of this, however if people are aware of, or have concerns about a particular site, please call the Planning Unit.
Roadside drains
The roadside drains  on Albert Road near High Street fills in a storm due to silt build up.

 

The identified drain will be inspected. 

 

 Chiltern Town looking tired, shops closed. The Shopfront Refresh Program commenced in Chiltern in November and we will offer grants to assist shop owners to beautify shopfronts.
Roads
Memorial Hall
Martins Lane

 

  1. Sealed road network - some surfaces are ordinary and dangerous for bikes.
  2. Memorial Hall - should reflect its soldier past - needs military memorabilia or salutation.
  3. Martins Lane needs a rubbish bin.
  1. Recent inspections carried out on a variety of road surfaces in Chiltern.  A number of roads have been earmarked for summer road surface works.
  2. This suggested has been passed on to the community development team.
  3. We will inspect and assess.
Leaking Pipes

 

Barambogie pipes have water leakage issues.

 

Council officers have installed drainage pipes in an effort to relieve the water issue, ongoing investigation required to resolve this issue.

Industrial land Community hub
  1. Update required  on proposed industrial land project.
  2. Proposed stage 2 of industrial land (privately owned) should be bought by Council, rezoned and used for truck parking. Could create a development plan overlay, conduct community engagement, allow a variety of lot sizes and different uses. A truck zone could be part of the design. A private developer/consortium similar to YCDco in Yackandandah could be created.
  3. Community Hub – the proposed site for this is in a heritage area. Can you tell the community what’s happening? Would like to see a development proposal for co-location of SES, CFA, as an emergency services hub but it’s not appropriate for that site with the Community Hub.
  1. The delays in the project have been due to issues with native vegetation removal and offset requirements.  There is a way forward now which will allow the project to proceed in early 2019.
  2. The proposed Stage 2 will be considered in more detail once the Stage 1 project is completed.
  3. The SES and CFA are exploring co-location on a different site. The timing of this has implications for the development of a Community Hub. We are also developing a library strategy which will consider the requirements for Chiltern library. Once this is complete it will inform the plans for the Community Hub.

 

Chiltern town entry

 

Would like to see the concept design for the Chiltern town entry proposal on the website.

 

 Concept plan now on website.

 

Main Street
Cats

 

  1. There should be a 40kph speed limit in Main St near the childcare centre. Has concerns about trucks coming through town, semi-trailers etc and parking in the local streets. Council should think about a designated truck parking area.
  2. Also concerned about cats out at night time, not microchipped and roaming free
  1. To be investigated further. 
  2. Should there be any specific problems with cats please call Council's Ranger.  We can provide cat traps in certain instances and if the animal's owners are known we can follow up to ensure the animal is chipped and registered.
Lake Anderson Club House
  1. Concerned about growth of reeds at Lake Anderson in the way of the views.
  2. Thanked Council for financial assistance with the upgrade of football oval and netball courts. 
  3. Need funds for upgrade of the clubhouse at the football oval
  1. Council Officers are working to include weed and reed reductions into the annual cyclic maintenance program. 
  2. Appreciation noted.
  3. The Recreation Officer will make further enquiries.
Memorial Hall  The Memorial Hall needs gardens created and maintained.   Referred to the Operations Team to consider.
Roads Zoning and Bins
  1. Road sealing not budgeted for Epsom road as promised for 2018/19.
  2. Zoning of township - letter written waiting for a reply.
  3. No rubbish bin in Martins Lane.
  1. Municipal Operations manager to consider Epsom Road as part of Road sealing program.
  2. Planning will provide a response to the letter.
  3. Bin in Martins Lane to be assessed.
Private property issue Concerns raised about state of a private property.  The Local Laws Unit will inspect the property and take action as required.

 

Anderson Park, Heritage
  1. Rabbits in Anderson Park.
  2. Heritage of town being diluted
  1. Our Environmental Officer will investigate.
  2. Council continues to support the Heritage Advisor service and we make frequent visits to Chiltern to assist property owners.  Any concerns about specific sites, please contact the Planning Unit.

 

 

 Lake Anderson
  1. Reeds around the lake. Blocks view of the lake from Lake View and bridge.
    Main St buildings becoming residence.

 

  1. Council Officers are working to include weed and reed reductions into the annual cyclic maintenance program.                                                                    
  2. Council is aware of this issue and it was discussed at a recent Council Briefing.  There are specific controls in the Planning Scheme relating to the residential use of ground floor, street frontage space within a commercial building.  Council will consider this matter again in the new year, following a survey of all townships to establish the extent of such uses.

 

 Drainage Drain between Martin's Lane (Park Street) and Oxford Street very deep and no guard around it. (on High Street between Park and Oxford)

 

 This matter will be investigation further.

 

Parking
Hard to park at 10 Conness St due to drain.

 

Very limited opportunity to change due to heritage drains

 

Intersection, footpaths
High / Conness / Gaunt St intersection is too narrow
Conness Street behind War Memorial - footpaths too narrow.

 

This will be investigated further.

 

Conness Street
The main street buildings being used for residences is impacting on atmosphere of Main street.

 

Council is aware of this issue and it was discussed at a recent Council Briefing.  There are specific controls in the Planning Scheme relating to the residential use of ground floor, street frontage space within a commercial building.  Council will consider this matter again in the new year, following a survey of all townships to establish the extent of such uses.

 

Rail trail, train drop-off and pick-up points, Mt Pilot
  1. Suggestion to connect Chiltern to the Beechworth /Yackandandah Rail Trail, possibly via Wooragee.
  2. To Mt Pilot sign, currently just says 'Old Coach Road'. We need a Mt Pilot sign.
  1. The Community Development team is currently investigating this proposal. 
  2. Will be investigated and actioned where appropriate.
Local trails
Need a map for local trails in the national park for walking, riding, horses etc.

 

 
 Online walking maps under development.  For more general maps please refer to Parks Victoria.

 

Highlighting strengths 
There should be greater recognition of Chiltern's advantages. Railway, Parks etc

 

A "Live in Chiltern" marketing campaign was identified as a long term action in the Chiltern Placemaking Plan. In the short term, this has been referred to the Tourism and the Economic Development teams.

 

 Racecourse 2022 is the 150th anniversary of the racecourse and this should be celebrated. The racecourse could be a mecca for equestrian activities in Indigo Shire.

 

This suggestion has been referred to the Economic Development Officer.

 

Chiltern Town Entry
The town entry currently has many road signs. As part of the project we should try and tidy up all the signs. Noted for consideration, not a great deal of opportunity for change as signage installed includes both regulatory and advisory signage for visitors.

 

 Camp sites
Chiltern has no identified camp sites in the surrounding area. Camp sites are available at the Chiltern and Rutherglen caravan parks.  Camping in other areas such as the State park would be a matter for Parks Victoria to consider, based on risk, demand etc.

 

Goods shed
An update was provided that the Goods Shed is being used for a range of different purposes.

 

The Committee of Management is developing an educational group concept.

 

 Treescape Why do we have oak trees between freeway and railway line? Chiltern is box ironbark country so why not plant them? 

 

Ironbarks are planted in limited areas due to limb fail and risk associated with potential accidents. Decision was made around tree species by both council officers and community members.

 

 Parking Trucks parking in town is an issue. Need to accommodate them, but in a parking area set aside for them.

 

Currently no specific off street area.  Council's Local Law Officers do respond to complaints about specific instances of trucks parking in the street.  We try to manage this to strike a reasonable balance between neighbourhood amenity, traffic safety and the ability for truck owners to continue to operate their businesses.

 

Support for businesses Town map as part of VIC offering suggested. Freeway signage should be reviewed. Perhaps brand a 'historic precinct' to help direct people and to give a sense of place.

 

Chiltern Town map under development for the Visitor Information Centre.  Other comments noted for consideration by the Tourism team.

 

 Courthouse Chiltern Courthouse is being unused and could be activated. This could be a drawcard and increase the prominence of the historic precinct.

 

The Chiltern Placemaking Plan identified the Courthouse as an opportunity for activation and Council Officers will be progressing this in the first half of 2019.