Porepunkah ‘downgrade’

Some residents unhappy with Nicholson Street redevelopment

UNHAPPY: Paula Hall is one local resident unhappy with the redevelopment in the heart of Porepunkah

BRIGHT and District Ratepayers’ Association president Paula Hall has labelled Porepunkah’s ‘Alpine Better Places’ project a disaster.

Mrs Hall said the completed $1.7 million makeover to Nicholson Street and the nearby riverside parkland was more of a “downgrade” than an upgrade.

Alpine Shire Council said feedback from most people had been positive but Mrs Hall said she and others had concerns with the narrowness of the new road and car parks.

“Back before the road was even sealed I went to council and said you’ve got to stop this, the road is too narrow,” Mrs Hall said.

“The number of times I have almost seen people back into traffic or other parked cars is amazing.

“If there are cars beside you in the angle parks it is impossible to back out without crossing over into the opposite lane and to me that is an accident waiting to happen. And don’t get me started on the exit coming up from the park, the road is as narrow as the walking path that goes off to the right at the top of the hill.”

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