Standpipe review

Standpipe under review

Macedon Ranges council will investigate options to upgrade the Kyneton water standpipe and eliminate the risk of thefts and vandalism at the site. Assets and operations director Dale Thornton said that while the standpipe was currently working, in recent times it had been subject to vandalism and theft from the coin meter. “The water standpipe is available for public use and, for many residents, it’s the only source of stock water during times of little or no rainfall,” he said. “It’s an important community asset and the council is looking at various options, such as a cashless access system, to discourage theft and help prevent damage to the standpipe.”


Lancefield rebuilds

Lancefield sports and education projects will receive a boost of $1.4 million as a result of last year’s fires. Lancefield Park’s netball facilities will get a $450,000 upgrade, while $150,000 will go to works at the Lancefield Mechanics Institute. A further $800,000 will be provided in the 2016-17 financial year for upgrades to Lancefield Park, with funding priorities to be determined by Macedon Ranges council and local user groups. The council recently contributed $75,000 to upgrade Lancefield Mechanics Institute’s entry foyer and kitchen.