Pyrenees Shire Council last week deferred spending $200,000 to upgrade the natural gas pipeline into Avoca’s industrial estate.
Initially, Crs Ron Eason and Michael O’Connor moved that the council support a recommendation by the manager of economic development and tourism, Ray Davies, to fund the upgrade.
Mr Davies recommended that the council provide for expenditure of up to $200,000 to connect natural gas via a 125mm pipe to adequately allow for potential future demand of the Avoca industrial estate and seek opportunities for government funding to offset part or all of the cost of the natural gas to the estate.
Pyrenees Shire Council will provide in-principle support for the redevel-opment of the former Avoca railway station precinct.
The council will hold the head lease from VicTrack, and will lease the property back to the Avoca Community Arts and Gardens committee at $500 a year.
But councillors last week questioned whether the development might be impacted by the State Government’s decision to reopen the Maryborough to Ararat railway line.
The Mayor, Cr Tanya Kehoe, said potential plans for the redeveloped station area included establishing an art gallery, coffee shop, history displays, performance spaces, pottery area and a landscaped art/sculpture garden.
“I am delighted with some of the plans and ideas which have been put forward for this area,” Cr Kehoe said.
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