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Voice Ocean Grove



23 October - 5 November, 2019




Paths could cost Ocean Grove ratepayers could be asked to foot some of the bill for the proposed connected networks of footpaths. The network of footpaths connecting the town has been five years in the making. Council voted in favour of presenting design, funding and implementation options for a connected network of footpaths in Ocean Grove to the community for further consultation. Community members will have the opportunity to give their feedback on the Principal Pedestrian Network (PPN) on the Geelong Australia website's Your Say page, at dropin sessions and focus groups in the coming weeks. But local property owners could be to be asked to cough up some of the funding under two proposed Council actions. In 2016, 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 6640 properties and take at least five years to deliver. In February 2019, Ocean Grove Community Association helped to create a second option by reducing the total footpath length to 11.3 km, which would potentially impact 3282 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. Ocean Grove Community Association president Phil Edwards said the organisation supported the footpaths. "OGCA supports the CoGG footpath network project," he said. "Earlier we proposed, to Council, a prioritisation of footpaths in an effort to get things moving as the process has been too slow. "Our prioritisation was not about reducing the overall planned footpath network scope of some 23.3km. "We have always maintained that (1) any cost to ratepayers should be shared equally across the community (2) part of the cost must be funded by Council." Continued page 3

Two Ocean Grove Primary School students won medals at the National School Futsal Championships in Brisbane. Morgan Holt and Jack Royle, both 11, played in the victorious Under 11s Victoria Country side, which defeated Queensland in the final. The team played seven games in the group stage, winning five, drawing one, losing one and came top of the group on goal difference. They played in the quarter finals against the fourth place team from Group 2 and beat Queensland South Coast 6-3. They then defeated Northern New South Wales in the semi-final 6-5. In the final they played against the only team that had beaten them, Queensland City and won 3-1, with Morgan scoring a goal. Both said they loved futsal (indoor soccer) because of the nonstop action and higher scores.

Morgan Holt and Jack Royle were part of the winning Under 11s Victorian Country team at the 2019 National School Futsal Championships in Brisbane. 199012 Picture: JUSTIN FLYNN



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Ocean Grove Voice - 23rd October 2019  

Ocean Grove Voice - 23rd October 2019