Community forum notes - 15 October

More than 20 community members joined Councillors and Council officers at the Chiltern Community Forum on Tuesday 15 October.

The venue was the Chiltern Memorial Hall, and there was much praise for the Committee of Management’s work restoring this beautiful building.

There were a wide range of topics discussed including:

  • Feedback on Council’s draft Early Years Plan
  • Requests for maintenance including:
    • Culvert and gutter cleaning at Martin Park.
    • Weeds in Lake Anderson and the dam near the footy oval.
    • Lake Anderson swing bridge.
    • Street trees.
    • Drainage ditch near Martins Lane needs fence.
    • Martins Lane needs more cleaning and a no smoking sign.
    • Old Toilet Block near information centre needs updating.
  • Desire for greater Council involvement in the cemetery.
  • Concern about shops in Conness St becoming residences.
  • The Community Hub proposed in the Chiltern Placemaking Plan. Council is investigating a concept design that could bring together services including childcare, customer service centre and the library. Council is currently investigating the location next to the childcare centre.
  • Chiltern Flood Study
  • Opportunities to develop more cycling trails around Chiltern to be considered in the upcoming Cycle/Walking/Horse riding strategy.
  • The Chiltern Athenaeum including a funding allocation for works dealing with rising damp and OH&S issues, and a request for Council to be more connected with the facility.
  • Support to ensure Police presence continues in Chiltern next year.
  • The future of the Chiltern Courthouse.
  • Potential road works including:
    • Request to widen Chiltern Valley Road.
    • Old Cemetery Road is breaking up on the bend and has pot holes.
    • Highway 31 needs centre line.
    • Barmbogie Road.
    • Epsom Rd needs to be sealed.
  • The formation of Wetter Futures at Lake Anderson following a meeting of CTI and the Recreation Reserve Committee of Management.
  • Frustration about a jetty for Lake Anderson and the need to ensure it is included in the Lakes & Waterways Plan.
  • The location of the town entrance artwork. An interpretative sign will be installed.
  • The proposed industrial land development has been complicated by native vegetation rules, which changed significantly from when the Placemaking Plan was adopted to when Council went to implement Stage 1 at the Council depot. Council is currently looking at other land it owns to see whether some of those sites might be appropriate for a development.
  • Support required to get the 15-year-old community car replaced.
  • Request that the mural on toilet block will need good interpretative text.
  • Location of a new NBN tower may be inhibiting development.
  • Support for removing rubbish from private property.
  • Desire for a doctor for town.
  • Praise for Council works including the Town Team’s slashing and draining work, and good work on the new footpath outside the post office with limited disruption to the community.
  • Feedback on the Chiltern Connectivity Plan including:
    • Important to have consistency of surface along Main St.
    • Main St to Conness St has a surface that dips in places.
    • Path around the lake with gym equipment has been a community request for some time.