A Cultural Heritage Management Plan has been completed, clearing the way for the Cunningham Downs development to start in August.IVY WISE July 4, 2014 3:21am
The multi-million dollar redevelopment of Echuca’s Cunningham Downs is expected to start in August following the completion of a cultural heritage management plan.
Echuca Community for the Aged lodged the development application with Campaspe Shire before Christmas, but a cultural heritage report was needed before the application could be approved.
Over subsequent months, consultants worked with Yorta Yorta elders to examine and assess the site for cultural heritage significance.
ECA chief executive Colin Price said the archaeological dig found six scar trees of Aboriginal significance, a muller grinding stone and a Jasper core rock, which has shards that were once used as cutting instruments.
‘‘The trees that were found to be significant,’’ Mr Price said.
‘‘We have to make sure we don’t damage them.
‘‘It doesn’t really affect us anyway because they are in an area that is owned by the shire,’’ he said.
‘‘The report has suggested that the shire put up some signs detailing the significance of the trees.
‘‘The rocks have been taken for the time being and a future process will determine whether they are displayed in a museum or in our new community hall.’’
Mr Price said the report was approved on Friday.
‘‘Initially, the process was expected to take three months, but it’s taken six months,’’ he said.
‘‘This is the last item required by Campaspe Shire to be ticked off, so now we can lodge our planning permit application.
‘‘Given the extensive involvement of the shire in the re-zoning process, we hope that approval is a straightforward process.
‘‘Then we can commence construction, which we hope to start in August.’’
The first stage of the redevelopment, expected to take 18 months, will include 13 two and three-bedroom units, four two-bedroom single-storey townhouses and 15 single bedrooms in assisted accommodation.
The redevelopment will see the addition of almost 200 two and three-bedroom units, at least another 19 assisted accommodation units at Brolga Apartments and another 45 beds to Wharparilla Lodge.
Two men charged over the armed robbery of a Shepparton service station have been remanded in custody until next week.
The 2014 Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival has been hailed a huge success by organisers and participants alike.
The fifth annual King Billy Retreat Open Garden Party will be held at Rushworth on Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Echuca College students Calum Pearson, Luke Judd, Kiriana Epararma, Harriet Nilon, Kyle Melhuish and Stephanie Chong are heading to China.
A former Rochester resident is helping women with their confidence and their horses.
Accusations of bullying, disrespect and dangerous conduct.
And the school's best all-rounder for this year.
Finley's Mark Whiley has been traded from the GWS Giants to Carlton - the club he has supported all his life.
District residents are being invited to enjoy Oktooberfest celebrations at Tooborac Hotel and Brewery.
Momentum builds for the greatest show in Cobram, with young and old expected to lap up family attractions in sunny conditions.
Water users have welcomed the governments' announcement of a $350 million package for new irrigation efficiency programs in NSW, but say water availability is in need of improvement.
Farmers and anyone interested in big boys’ toys will be fascinated to check out an unmanned helicopter in action at an Ardmona orchard.
Judge comments, If I were single, I'd marry this steak!
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.