Harrogate and Brukunga Townships Plan - Progress & Fire Recovery

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Brukunga and Harrogate Township Plan

The Harrogate and Brukunga Townships Plan was developed to coordinate bushfire recovery efforts following the Cudlee Creek fires in 2019 and longer term development of the townships. Almost all of the bushfire recovery and resilience projects have been completed or are nearing completion. Most notably this includes improving access to water for firefighting purposes in Harrogate.

As we continue to assist the community recover and grow, the following provides an update of projects planned with and around Harrogate and Brukunga.


Implementation Plan
(Updated April 2021)
Endorsed Timeframes - Bushfire Response: Immediate, Short: 0-3 years, Medium: 3+, Ongoing: for the life

The Harrogate and Brukunga Townships Plan was developed to coordinate bushfire recovery efforts following the Cudlee Creek fires in 2019 and longer term development of the townships. Almost all of the bushfire recovery and resilience projects have been completed or are nearing completion. Most notably this includes improving access to water for firefighting purposes in Harrogate.

As we continue to assist the community recover and grow, the following provides an update of projects planned with and around Harrogate and Brukunga.


Implementation Plan
(Updated April 2021)
Endorsed Timeframes - Bushfire Response: Immediate, Short: 0-3 years, Medium: 3+, Ongoing: for the life of the plan

+ BUSHFIRE RECOVERY AND RESILIENCE
Action NumberActionTimeframeStatus
1Continue to support the ongoing recovery and resilience efforts of the communities of Harrogate and Brukunga wherever possible.

OngoingOngoing
Recovery and resilience efforts continue through a number of initiatives and ongoing Council works/services.
2Review roadside vegetation management and determine additional maintenance that may be required. Where necessary implement improved maintenance program in identified issue areas as a priority

Bushfire ResponseCurrent Projects
Review/audit undertaken and immediate works completed. Council will continue to monitor.
3Review supply/access for fire fighting water with the CFS and assist with the implementation of additional dedicated water tanks and improved access for fire fighting purposes at Harrogate and Brukunga.

Bushfire Response

Completed
Dedicated fire fighting tank installed. This project was assisted greatly with local community input.
4Council to review the condition of the unsealed section of Harrogate Road south of Harrogate, prepare design and upgrade while considering opportunity for combining such a project with improved pedestrian infrastructure.

Bushfire Response

Current Project
Road works planned to be delivered late 2021 (FY21/22)
5Council to liaise with telecommunication service providers and advocate for improved service provision.

Bushfire Response

Ongoing
Initial preliminary discussions undertaken. Advocacy and discussion will continue to be undertaken when opportunities arise.
6Council to proactively communicate and where necessary educate property owners district wide of best practice fire prevention measures and promote early implementation of individual bushfire survival plans in emergency situations.

Bushfire Response

Completed
Initiative completed which included workshops, information booklet and planning tool, online information and one on one landholder meetings. Council working with CFS community engagement on future engagement initiatives.
7Review the condition of existing native vegetation areas and implement sensitive bushcare and/or revegetation planting where appropriate.

ShortCompleted
Review completed and broader education and information provided to property owners and the general public.
8Weed management of the Bremer River within Harrogate and Dawesly Creek within Brukunga should be undertaken.

Bushfire Response

Ongoing
Internal Council working group formed Creek and Waterways Group to assist with management of these initiatives.
+ HERITAGE, CHARACTER AND IDENTITY
Action NumberActionTimeframeStatus
9Advocate and support the continued protection of heritage places.

OngoingOngoing
Heritage buildings continue to be protected through relevant legislation. Council's Heritage Incentive Scheme ongoing.
10Celebrate indigenous and European heritage and culture of the area through initiatives such as interpretive signage, public art installations and the materials chosen for public realm improvements.

OngoingOngoing
Council staff active in seeking an opportunity to implement action.
11Reinforce existing township boundaries and promote opportunities for improved entry statements for each township.

ShortOngoing
Council active in seeking an opportunity to implement action.

12Assist the community to action small scale streetscape improvements within the public realm within Harrogate and Brukunga.

OngoingCompleted
Minor streetscape improvements work undertaken within each township including landscaping and street tree planting.
13Advocate for an installation for public art in reference to and in acknowledgement of indigenous Peramangk history in Brukunga.

Short - MediumOngoing
Council staff active in seeking an opportunity to implement action.

+ CONNECTED COMMUNITIES
Action NumberActionTimeframeStatus
14Continue to support the role and function of community and sporting groups, acknowledging the important role they play to encourage social interaction and inclusion.

OngoingOngoing
Ongoing through a number of initiatives and Council works/services.
15Continue to support local community events which provide an opportunity for the community to come together and which helps to cement the identity of the town and creates a sense of community.

OngoingOngoing
Ongoing through a number of initiatives and Council works/services.
16Encourage improved use of Council’s Hills Community Transport program and advocate for improved public transport services.

OngoingOngoing
Ongoing through a number of initiatives and Council works/services.
17Continue to provide facilities which cater for informal recreation activities to engage younger residents and support community groups which perform this role.

OngoingCurrent Project
Construction of a trail from Harrogate to the Harrogate Cemetery.
+ ACCESS AND MOVEMENT
Action NumberActionTimeframeStatus
18Council to undertake a condition review of existing roads in Harrogate and Brukunga and implement any required maintenance of identified roads and if necessary road upgrades to improve access and egress to the towns. Priority for the upgrade of the unsealed section of Harrogate Road and consideration of Military Road, Wachtel Road and Laurie Road.

ShortCompleted
Preliminary review undertaken and Council will continue to monitor and implement subject to budget allocation.
19Council to review existing pedestrian provisions and undertake a needs analysis to consider where improvements are needed and implement where required with priority to improving safe and ease of movement between key destinations.

MediumTo Be Scheduled
To be actioned as per timeframe.


20Implement improved pedestrian focused safety signage on entrances to townships.

ShortOngoing
Council staff active in seeking an opportunity to implement action.

21Review existing condition of access driveway and culvert over the Bremer River to the Harrogate Reserve and undertake improvement works if and when required.

MediumOngoing
Some minor improvement works undertaken and Council will continue to monitor.
+ OPEN SPACE AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES
Action NumberActionTimeframeStatus
22Council to review existing community facilities, open space and trail network in the short term as to inform any identified potential improvements required.

ShortCurrent Projects
Review undertaken with some projects such as the Harrogate Cemetery Trail and Open Space Improvements to the Harrogate Reserve being implemented in 2021.
23Following the review undertake improvements to existing community facilities, open space and trails consistent with identified needs/priorities across the townships and broader district noting that all projects would be subject to future funding allocation.

OngoingOngoing
Council staff active in seeking an opportunity to implement action.
24Improve community useability of James Hammer Memorial Reserve, Brukunga such as consideration of passive play elements, unsealed footpath and landscaping.

MediumTo Be Scheduled
To be actioned as per timeframe
25Improve the appearance of township entrances and approaches.

MediumTo Be Scheduled
To be actioned as per timeframe

26Improve basic wayfinding signage within townships to open space areas and key destinations.

ShortOngoing
Council staff active in seeking an opportunity to implement action.
27Provide public seating and activation node nearby the Harrogate Memorial Hall and provide improved formalisation of car parking on Council land.

MediumOngoing
Improved car parking provided on Laurie Road and further opportunities being explored.
28Formalise walking trail loop from Laurie Road to the Harrogate Cemetery.

Short - MediumCurrent Projects
Current project planned to be completed April 2021.
29Investigate potential for formalised access to land west of Smilie Street, Brukunga for improved community use and access purposes.

ShortOngoing
Council staff active in seeking an opportunity to implement action.
+ SUSTAINABILITY AND ENVIRONMENT
Action NumberActionTimeframeStatus
30Educate and inform local residents on appropriate roadside management practices and native vegetation protection. Investigate suitable mechanism for this to occur.

ShortCompleted
Action completed but Council will continue to inform.
31Advocate, support and partner with existing groups such as Trees for Life for bushcare or revegetation projects within Harrogate and Brukunga and surrounds.

Short - MediumCompleted
Action completed but Council will continue to inform.

32Undertake sensitive bushcare and revegetation planting on Council land where possible and support volunteers.

OngoingOngoing
Council staff active in seeking an opportunity to implement action.
33Advocate and promote the building of Climate Resilient homes within the district as informed by the Where We Build What We Build project recommendations.

OngoingOngoing
Council staff active in seeking an opportunity to implement action.

+ INFRASTRUCTURE
Action NumberActionTimeframeStatus
34Undertake a review of existing stormwater management within the townships.

Short - MediumTo Be Scheduled
To be actioned as per timeframe.
35Undertake a review of existing kerb and pedestrian footpaths within the township as to inform potential for infrastructure upgrades in the context of already programmed and future proposed works.

ShortTo Be Scheduled
To be actioned as per timeframe
36Continue working with the CFS to ensure Bushfire Management Plans are up-to-date.

OngoingOngoing
Ongoing through a number of initiatives Council works/services.
37Advocate for an extension of SA Water infrastructure to service Harrogate.

OngoingOngoing
Preliminary investigation undertaken. SA Water infrastructure service upgrade to these townships not currently planned.

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Page last updated: 09 August 2021, 11:20