HPA appreciates the maintenance works undertaken by Regional Roads Victoria who subcontracted Dja Dja Wurrung to spray, weed and tidy up the roundabout. The Association has also been in dialogue with Mount Alexander Shire Council to determine who has overall responsibility for the maintenance of the site.
The roundabout upgrade was driven by Harcourt Progress Association and achieved through a combination of VicRoads funding and in-kind support from the community. The project, however, has had ongoing challenges in terms of maintenance, visual appeal and cars mounting the gravelled areas. We’d like to address the problem and we’d love your help!
It should be known that there are some serious technical challenges:
The Harcourt Roundabout has faced a number of maintenance challenges since it’s initial upgrade, most of which can be attributed to adverse conditions for vegetation. Technical challenges have further hampered the establishment of vegetation :
To address these challenges, the Harcourt Roundabout Working Group first met in June 2021. Convened by Regional Roads Victoria, chaired by Andrea Proctor Landscapes and composed of representatives from Regional Roads Victoria, Mount Alexander Shire Council, The Dja Dja Wurrung Corporation and Harcourt Progress Association. The primary objective of the working group was to conceive of a new design for the roundabout which would improve the appearance of the roundabout, remain resilient to climatic conditions and have a more sustainable maintenance requirement.
During our participation in the working group, Harcourt Progress Association representatives advocated for ensuring:
The working group has concluded it’s work and a design has emerged. Regional Roads Victoria will be providing a presentation on the proposed design on Thursday 31 March, 19:00 at the ANA Hall, 7 High Street, Harcourt.