The first stage of the long-awaited refurbishment of Mittagong’s Alexandra Square is set to commence in April with Council to begin landscaping earthworks on the site of the former Mittagong Bowling Club.
Initial landscaping works will include the restoration of an open recreational area, major tree planting and establishment of new turf. A dedicated off-leash dog area will also be included as part of the overhaul.
These works are expected to cost approximately $300,000 and have been timed to coincide with the milder autumn weather in order for the trees and grass to establish prior to the onset of winter.
Subject to the Annual Budget submission and approvals process, further works earmarked for the 2019/20 financial year will include the construction of new paving and pathways and the installation of new tables, chairs and benches.
Subject to funding, proposed future works will also include the restoration and relocation of the rotunda which will be moved to a central focal point within the park.
Wingecarribee Shire General Manager Ann Prendergast said the improvements would help revitalise the site’s use.
“On completion we’re confident the new-look Alexandra Square will be enjoyed by both immediate residents and visitors from across the Shire,” she said.
Stage one of the site’s refurbishment follows the demolition in October 2015 of the long-vacant former Bowling Club which resided onsite.
Weather permitting initial earthworks for the first stage of the restorations are expected to commence in mid-April 2016.