Complicated, but SEC Reserve clean up worth the effort for present, future users

BILL Best (left) and Jodee Betheras of the Upper Kiewa Valley Community Association along with Alpine Shire mayor Peter Roper are hoping that the refurbishment of the piece of land known as the SEC Reserve will be backed by the community as well as the many groups who have responsibility for the property.

A TRACT of land locally known as the “SEC Reserve”, which is situated on the Kiewa Valley Highway opposite the Mt Beauty Visitor Information Centre, was the subject of much discussion at a meeting held last Monday to consider its future.

The reserve is a rough wedge-shape, bounded by the West Kiewa River, the Kiewa Valley Highway and the AGL terminal station.

It is a grassed area containing a large number of mature native and exotic trees, but badly choked with blackberries and other weeds.

Bill Best, vice chair of the Upper Kiewa Valley Community Association (UKVCA) said that the idea was put forward at an UKVCA meeting in January last year, and it has taken him until now to discover who actually owns or has responsibility for the land.

“It is an extremely complicated situation,” Mr Best said.

“The zone 20 metres either side of the river is the responsibility of the Department of the Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI), and the rest is leased or owned by AGL and AusNet Services.

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