Roads, rail a big fo­cus at monthly coun­cil meet­ing

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

ROADS and rail were a heavy topic of dis­cus­sion at the Strath­bo­gie Shire Coun­cil monthly meet­ing, held on Septem­ber 18.

Coun­cil en­dorsed the ap­point­ment of a roads ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee, which will ad­vise coun­cil on de­vel­op­ment and re­view of pol­icy and strat­egy re­lat­ing to the road net­work.

The com­mit­tee will also look at pol­icy re­lat­ing to the man­age­ment of road­sides and po­ten­tial ad­vo­cacy pri­or­i­ties re­gard­ing road safety is­sues and ini­tia­tives of com­mu­nity ben­e­fit

Sit­ting on the com­mit­tee will be elected com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives John Dunn, Craig Hah­nel and Paul Swan.

Coun­cil­lor Graeme Williams was se­lected as com­mit­tee chair and Cr Alistair Thom­son will be the sec­ond coun­cil­lor rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

VicRoads North East­ern man­ager plan­ning, Re­becca Steer, and man­ager op­er­a­tions, Steve McCal­lum, were also se­lected to sit on the ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee.

The com­mit­tee’s first meet­ing will take place this month. RAIL FREIGHT AL­LIANCE Coun­cil also showed its sup­port for a mem­ber­ship to join the Rail Freight Al­liance, at a yearly cost of $3000.

The Rail Freight Al­liance (RFA) is made up of Vic­to­rian ru­ral, re­gional and met­ro­pol­i­tan lo­cal gov­ern­ment coun­cils and is fo­cused on en­sur­ing in­creased in­vest­ment in Vic­to­ria’s rail freight sys­tem.

Mayor Amanda Mc­Claren said be­com­ing part of the al­liance will al­low coun­cil to unite with other coun­cils as a strong voice on rail freight.

“We have been work­ing ac­tively to ad­vo­cate for our com­mu­ni­ties, par­tic­u­larly in the lead up to state and fed­eral elec­tions, and rail freight has been one of our key ad­vo­cacy ar­eas,” Mayor Mc­Claren said.

“In par­tic­u­lar, Man­ga­lore Air­port has been iden­ti­fied in the Hume Strat­egy as a po­ten­tial lo­gis­tics/freight hub due to its prox­im­ity to the Goul­burn Val­ley rail lines and the Goul­burn Val­ley and Hume Free­ways.

“By join­ing the RFA, coun­cil has also has an op­por­tu­nity to in­flu­ence this pol­icy and have a seat at the table in th­ese im­por­tant dis­cus­sions.” PLANS EN­DORSED Other items en­dorsed at the coun­cil meet­ing in­cluded:

Group Com­mu­nity Plan 20182022;

Man­age­ment Plan 2018- 2020;

sor­ship for The Night­mare Con­tin­ues… Act III event in Vi­o­let Town;

kind and cash spon­sor­ship for the 2019 Euroa Apex Pro Rodeo.

Coun­cil also dis­cussed the cur­rent com­mence­ment of plan­ning for the fi­nal re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the Vi­o­let Town land­fill, in ac­cor­dance with the re­quire­ments of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Author­ity.

De­tailed de­signs, time­lines and cost­ings on the avail­able re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion op­tions will be de­vel­oped and pre­sented to coun­cil for a de­ci­sion early next year.

Mayor Mc­Claren has said coun­cil will aim to con­tinue to keep the com­mu­nity in­formed about this project along the way.

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