11 April 2019

Mayoral Column

Along with fellow Councillors and staff, I recently had the opportunity to visit St Albans to see newly sealed roads and Council’s completed works at the tennis court, St Albans Park and St Albans Cemetery on Settlers Road.

In addition to seeing the new playing surface, line marking and fence replacement for the tennis court, I had the chance to walk through St Albans Park which has new steps to the river for safer access, additional bollards to reduce car entry, improved pathway access, repairs to the park sculpture and the vegetation removed as part of the park upgrade.

It was great talking with residents and members of the Macdonald Valley Association about everything that been happening at St Albans lately. A big topic was the improved condition of St Albans Cemetery. Council has replaced the old timber fence at the cemetery for $17,000. Council is continuing to support the community with the removal of vegetation cleared during a recent working bee.

When visiting the cemetery, I was amazed at the obvious hard work by local residents. I want to commend everyone involved in clearing out the huge amount of overgrown weeds, branches etc., and Jane Blacker, who is coordinating future community working bees on the heritage site.

Council is currently obtaining quotes to replace the remaining fences; and the next stage will involve a detailed survey of the cemetery to help the community document and record the condition of existing monuments. This information will provide the background for conservation works on the monuments and provide the community with a historic connection to the past.

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