voted in favour of presenting design, funding and implementation options for a
connected network of footpaths in Ocean Grove to the community for further
members will have the opportunity to give their feedback on the Principal
Pedestrian Network (PPN) via the Your Say page
drop-in sessions and focus groups in the coming weeks.
consultation was undertaken and identified a 22.3 km network of potential
footpaths with an estimated cost of $6.98 million. This option could
potentially impact 6,640 properties and take at least five years to deliver.
February 2019, the Ocean Grove Community Association helped to create a second
option by reducing the total footpath length to 11.3 km, which would
potentially impact 3,282 properties. This option would cost an estimated $3.3
million and see the project delivered in three years.
The cost of
either option is proposed to be shared between council and property owners,
through one of four funding methods: traditional frontage charge; both sides of
street share charge; tiered charge based on the distance from the proposed PPN;
and equal charge.
approval from council on the PPN model, property owners would have the option
to pay their contribution in full, one year after the footpaths are built or by
instalments over a five year period, with interest.
The first round
of engagement in 2016 sought the community’s support for the project in general
and received 780 responses, with 56 per cent of community members preferring
the funding method where everyone contributes.
A fresh round
of consultation will provide the community with a more detailed extent of works
and costed funding options.
Mayor Bruce Harwood:
construction of new footpaths will encourage more walking in Ocean Grove but
also lead to safer access for all residents and visitors, including the elderly
and those with a disability.
Councillor Stephanie Asher, Bellarine ward:
The PPN is a
significant infrastructure project and we need to hear from residents on how
they think council should move forward.
Grove residents have shown interest over a number of years for a connected
network of footpaths.
we undertake community consultation quickly on the design and different costing
options, so we can get this very important project started.