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The following are draft drawings/plans for the current projects discussed in the July 2015 report below. Community members are invited to submit there comments to the Secretary of the Focus Group prior to our submission of final plans to Council.

Memorial Park Upgrade

Welcome to Tallong Walls

Tallong Railway Carpark Upgrade

War Memorial Upgrade

Introducing TCFG - Tallong Village Plans

At the 14th October 2014 Council meeting Tallong Village was allocated $46,092 over 3 years as part of Goulburn Mulwaree Council’s funding of Village improvements in the local government area. Village improvements in Tallong are linked to the 2010 economic development plans (EDP) put together by the TCFG and submitted to Council as part of an overall plan to stimulate economic development in the LGA.  Last year Council requested that the TCFG develop the plans, cost them and make them available for community consultation. The TCFG have the following areas marked for improvement which have been nominated by the Apple Day Committee, individual residents and the Tallong EDP.  

Council welcome signs at each end of the village on Highland Way are overgrown and surrounded by rubble. In line with other villages we would like to have distinctive signage in a pleasant area of appropriate planting that can be maintained over time as entry points to the village. We would ask Council what is the life span of the current signs and what could replace them?

To finish the footpath construction on both sides of the railway station and extend the car park has been the subject of several appeals to Council on the basis of safety and increasing student numbers at the school.  The station car park is the only dedicated parking space in the village as there is little roadside parking available. Additionally, it has been proposed that a crossing is needed on Highland Way to slow traffic and to provide a designated, safe crossing place. This project would involve extensive clearing of the overgrown eastern side of the car park. The railway fence could then be used to display tourist heritage signage regarding the part Tallong played in the building of the Great Southern Railway and Tallong’s unique flora and fauna.

Two older pine trees positioned at the entry to Memorial Drive are in need of attention and in consultation with the committee that organises our ANZAC service, we propose to erect a memorial plaque to commemorate the 2015 centenary.

The bush block is centrally located on the Highland Way between Caoura Road and Memorial Drive. To complete the Bush Reclamation Project carried out previously by residents on this site, It is proposed to make the land less of an eyesore and make it useful to the community. At present it looks like an unsightly waste ground and attracts derogatory comments from neighbouring communities and people who drive along the Highland Way. We propose to clear the rubble from the entrance, establish a meandering walk way through the cutting with bush tucker plantings and revegetation of the native species on the top section. Sculptures, stone work, heritage signage and plantings would enhance the block creating a park that could be called the Jim Watling Reserve and house the big Apple Sculpture made for the Apple Shed by Karl Zeschke. This block is under Lands department authority and we are told carries at least five undetermined Aboriginal land claims so we would talk to Council about an alternative site for a heritage park in which we could display Tallong’s apple orchard heritage.   

All plans are to be developed and communicated to the community through a series of reports on progress and displayed at events like Apple Day, ANZAC Day and outreach meetings.



 

TCFG PLANS FOR TALLONG VILLAGE – July, 2015

After a busy time with the Centenary ANZAC Service and display, Apple Day and processing several grant applications the TCFG looks forward to the completion of the first of the village plans to enhance Tallong village, that is the Centenary ANZAC Memorial project.

During this time the TCFG has had Consultations with Jim Styles (Social Services manager) and Robbie Hughes and with Christopher Toole from Parks and Gardens GMC, also with Grants Officers GMC Susan Davis and Elizabeth Finch – TCFG has also arranged meetings with Sharon Makin, Boral and with contractor, Handy Hunt. Quotes were obtained from Jon Greaves for stonemason work, Sydney Craig Funeral Directors for cast metal plaques, Kevin Roberts for supply and construction work and Letters of support from Angus Taylor MP, Gordon Wade OAM of Goulburn RSL, and Louise Wakefield, Director Planning and Development GMC.

Outcomes so far, of various plans for the following sites –

MEMORIAL PARK – At the GMC meeting on the 7th April 2015 Councillors “agreed in principle to the proposal for improvements to the Memorial Park Tallong, along the lines of the concept plan presented by TCFG. Works can be undertaken by the community under supervision of the Recreation Business Unit”. This means that the request for inclusion of the BUSH AREA behind RFS Shed into Memorial Park was accepted.

The concept plan was displayed at the 10th Apple Day and the next stage is to put together a detailed plan of how community will clear land, what will be retained, Jim Watling walk ways, Apple Day event space, car park space, removal of rubbish, and designate spaces for orchard heritage signage, tree planting, paving and display of Big Apple. The research behind orchard heritage has commenced and a search for suitable funding sources is also underway.

2015 CENTENARY ANZAC MEMORIAL PLAQUES at the entrance to Memorial Drive -                                                                                                    

Some delay was experienced with the ordering of components to meet the acquittal time set by the conditions of the Southern Phone grant. When the TCFG obtained quotes late in May for the inscribed black granite plaques it was evident that the Southern Phone’s Grant of $2000, was providing only half of the money needed to complete the project. The order for the bases of the plaques, galvanized metal cages to be filled with Boral granite, was completed by 30th June 2015 and the acquittal was delivered on time. This covered the cost of assembly and a deposit for the granite plaques. The TCFG has applied to Council, to draw on the village funds reserved by council to cover the remaining cost of the plaques. Delivery of the plaques is anticipated for August, when the memorials will be assembled in time for a dedication on the 29 th September 2015 when the Kangaroo March stops for a lunch provided by various organisations in Tallong.

The TCFG takes this opportunity to thank local organisations like the Southern Phone Company and GMC that have provided the funds for the memorial and reclaimed a forgotten and neglected site on the Highland Way. This project has also achieved practical support from Goulburn Mulwaree Council who undertook inspecting and trimming the trees, removed the stump, installed a kerb around plaques and trees to keep mulch back from road. Additionally, GMC have agreed to supply the mulch. Tallong residents have enthusiastically supported the reinstatement of an annual ANZAC service, with a definite local focus, it is hoped that the completion of this project offers locals a similar source of village pride.

 WAR MEMORIAL REPAIRS AND MAKEOVER                                                                                               

To determine the extent and detail of corrections on the WW11 metal plaques Janet Black, local historian, is tackling the research. It has been revealed to Janet in the course of her investigations that we have veterans who suffer some distress over the misspelling of names on these plaques. It would be a pleasing community gesture to include these veterans in the unveiling and dedication of this finished project.                                                                                                                             

The Grant Application to the Department of Veteran Affairs – Saluting their Service Commemorations Program has been lodged and we await their assessment of the application. The TCFG is requesting the full amount of the Community Commemorative Grants, up to $4000 to cover the cost of replacing the two WW11 metal plaques and the erecting of a sandstone wall to house a raised garden bed with plantings of a rosemary hedge, red carpet roses and prostrate rosemary.

 NEW WELCOME TO TALLONG WALLS – While the above projects have taken priority, drawings of the essential features of this project were displayed at the tenth Apple Day Festival for some community input. These walls are meant to complement Councils existing signage and provide a space along the Highland Way that is both distinctive and welcoming. The walls should be unique to Tallong and not be a copy of those at Marulan or Bungonia where stone has been supplied by Boral.

GMC have approved using the roadside reserve but await selection of each site. Please contact the TCFG secretary@tallong.com.au or drop your suggestions into the TCFG letterbox at the General Store.

 HIGHLAND WAY PARKING SPACE OUTSIDE RAILWAY STATION:                                                               

At the heart of this project is the extension and resealing of the car park space and improving the lighting arrangement so that it can be used safely by locals and visitors.  To achieve this some clearing and removal of rubbish along the railway fence line is required.  This would leave the Argyle Apple and Eucalypts trees and prepare some space for signage as that which tells the story of the Tallong Tank and the supply of water to steam trains. Other signage displaying Tallong’s endangered species like the Midge Orchid and the Glossy Black Cockatoo and the unique habitat that supports them could be featured at this site. This project also includes a safe crossing place on the Highland Way and possible planting of Apple Trees.

 It is envisaged that we will be able to draw on Council’s reserved village funds to complete this project. Please contact the TCFG using the above means to contribute to the development of this project.

 

TCFG PLANS FOR TALLONG VILLAGE - February 2015

Resulting from a letter to Warwick Bennet (GMC-GM), TCFG met with Jim Styles (Social Services manager and Robbie Hughes (Parks and Gardens manager) in Tallong on 10th December 2014.

Outcomes so far, of various plans for the following sites at this time –

MEMORIAL PARK – INCLUSION OF BUSH AREA behind RFS into park – owned by GMC, JS thinks this is encouraging we must make a formal request with details of how community will clear land, what will be retained, walk ways and car park space and removal of rubbish. Also address issues of ongoing maintenance.

DOUBLE GATE AND FENCE LINE ALONG CAOURA ROAD- To make an artistic heritage area focused on Orchards of Tallong. Involves calling this area THE JIM WATLING WALK, erecting the big Apple on a suitable base, establishing a sculptural symbol, e.g. Apple Pyramid and incorporate historical story and tree planting along fence. These plans leave maximum space for Apple Day and other events. In order to get the community behind these changes this plan must be a focus for the 10th Apple Day, perhaps raising money directly or have tree planting ceremony along the fence line, as part of apple day.

Susan Davies – Grants Officer GMC is enthusiastic about a grant to develop this part of the plan, with Regional Arts (the body that gave us money for Paint the Pot) this would cover cost of a local artist – sculptor or stonemason to design and construct this area around the double gates.

Alternatively we can apply to Holcim as previously discussed.

THE MEMORIAL TREES – The Southern Phone’s Grant of $2000 is to be completed by 30th June 2015

GMC will have working party to trim trees, remove stump, clear ground and supply mulch. At present asking if they can provide kerb to hold back mulch.

Design of Plaque – original plan is too costly – simplified design to contain cost and within budget – (see drawing) Kevin Roberts has taken plaque drawing to cost and involve voluntary community members.  Need to start now if project is to be completed on time.

WAR MEMORIAL REPAIRS AND MAKEOVER

Determine extent and detail of corrections before Grant can be applied for – Grant application Due 1st July2015- Department of Veteran Affairs (Federal Govt) – Saluting their Service Commemorations Program :

Community Commemorative Grants, up to $4000

Major Commemorative Grants, for works above $4000

At this time we want to correct the mistakes made on metal (bronze) tablets – replace them (costly) If we go to this extent can we consider rendering over the brick wall and replacing metal tablets with white stone tablets to match or complement ww1 tablet taken from Hall door lintel when Hall was altered for the projection room. I recently visited Bungonia’s War

At this time we want to correct the mistakes made on metal (bronze) tablets – replace them (costly) If we go to this extent can we consider rendering over the brick wall and replacing metal tablets with white stone tablets to match or complement ww1 tablet taken from Hall door lintel when Hall was altered for the projection room. I recently visited Bungonia’s War

Memorial and was impressed with planting of rosemary and red carpet roses around memorial. Could we add a better planting around site to our grant application?

NEW WELCOME TO TALLONG WALLS – To replace Council’s welcome – see drawings that so far indicate a solid stone wall to be erected at western and eastern end of Highland Way. The walls should be distinctive for Tallong and not be a copy of those at Marulan or Bungonia (stone supplied by Boral). In consultation with Village groups drawing developed to obtain quotes from local trades.

Boral has agreed to supply stone and concrete – seek coloured stone for apple mosaic effect (not black)

GMC have approved using roadside reserve but await selection of each site.

HIGHLAND WAY NORTHERN RESERVE OUTSIDE RAILWAY FENCE – Clearing and removal of rubbish along fence line leaving tall trees – Argyle Apple and Eucalypts –

Construction of Railway Heritage signage – ie Tallong Tank and supply of water to steam trains.

Increase of car parking spaces

Footpath construction

At present GMC is approaching Railway and quoting the above items.

 

TCFG PLANS FOR TALLONG VILLAGE – April, 2015

 Meetings and phone conversations with Jim Styles (Social Services manager) and Robbie Hughes and with Christopher Toole from Parks and Gardens GMC - Also meetings with Sharon Makin – Boral and with Kevin Roberts.

Outcomes so far, of various plans for the following sites at this time –

MEMORIAL PARK – Request for inclusion of BUSH AREA behind RFS into Memorial Park formally submitted to one of two Council meetings in April – Details (as per outline below) of how community will clear land, what will be retained, walk ways and car park space, removal of rubbish, and layout of orchard heritage signage, tree planting, paving and display of Big Apple assembled on plan for submission to Council.  NEXT - Issues of clearing and ongoing maintenance of site to be determined in more detailed planning and costing process prior to grant funding applications. The composition of heritage signage is also developing as we research orchards in Tallong.

DOUBLE GATE AND FENCE LINE ALONG CAOURA ROAD- To make an artistic heritage area focused on Orchards of Tallong. Plans involve calling this area THE JIM WATLING WALK, erecting the big Apple on a suitable base, establishing a sculptural symbol, e.g. Apple Pyramid and incorporate historical story and tree planting along fence. These plans leave maximum space for Apple Day and other events to function on this site. In order to get the community behind these changes this plan must be a focus for the 10th Apple Day at least informing of developments at this stage.

THE MEMORIAL TREES – The Southern Phone’s Grant of $2000 is to be completed by 30th June 2015

GMC have trimmed trees, removed stump, leaving TCFG work party to clear ground. GMC will install quick kerb around trees to keep mulch back from road. GMC have agreed to supply mulch.               The Plaques – materials costed within grant budget and have been ordered with assembly late April.

Dedication of this project for ANZAC ceremony 2015

WAR MEMORIAL REPAIRS AND MAKEOVER

  • Determine extent and detail of corrections before Grant can be applied for – Grant application Due 1st July2015- Department of Veteran Affairs (Federal Govt) – Saluting their Service Commemorations Program :            
  • Community Commemorative Grants, up to $4000 
  • Major Commemorative Grants, for works above $4000
  •  We want to correct the mistakes made on metal (bronze) tablets – replace them (costly) If we go to this extent can we consider rendering over the brick wall and replacing metal tablets with white stone tablets to match or complement ww1 tablet taken from Hall door lintel when Hall was altered for adding veranda. I recently visited Bungonia’s War Memorial and was impressed with planting of rosemary and red carpet roses around memorial. Could we add a better planting around site to our grant application?
  • Over last two months I have talked to people who had some connection with the outside war memorial setup in 1997 and other bodies such as the RSL prior to developing a drawn plan which will be on display at Apple Day. As the display for the ANZAC service (includes research into Memorial Hall construction and of those who enlisted from Tallong) is finalised the extent of corrections will be determined. 

NEW WELCOME TO TALLONG WALLS – To replace or complement Council’s welcome signs – see drawings that so far indicate a solid stone wall to be erected at western and eastern end of Highland Way. The walls should be distinctive for Tallong and not be a copy of those at Marulan or Bungonia (stone supplied by Boral). In consultation with Village groups drawing developed to obtain quotes from local trades.

  • Boral has agreed to supply stone and concrete – seek coloured stone for apple mosaic effect (not black)
  • GMC have approved using roadside reserve but await selection of each site.
  •  This project awaits development of a drawing/design that can be displayed at Apple Day to invite community comment. Once this community consultation takes place we will investigate costing and donations for all aspects of the project.

HIGHLAND WAY NORTHERN RESERVE OUTSIDE RAILWAY FENCE:             

  • Clearing and removal of rubbish along fence line leaving tall trees – Argyle Apple and Eucalypts –
  • Construction of Railway Heritage signage – Telling the story of the Tallong Tank and supply of water to steam trains. Also signage of endangered species – Midge Orchid and Glossy Black Cockatoo with the unique habitat in Tallong that supports them
  • Extension and resealing of Car Park
  • Footpath construction and plantings of Apple Trees
  • At this time, GMC have given a ball park costing of carpark, footpath and clearing items. It is envisaged that we will be able to draw on Council funds set aside for Village development.


Reports by President, Margaret Botticcio



 
 
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