Mayor com­mits coun­cil to a ‘fresh look’ at rail­way precinct

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INDIGO mayor Jenny O’Con­nor says the coun­cil will now take a fresh look at pos­si­ble uses for the Beech­worth rail­way precinct fol­low­ing a de­ci­sion by the Aus­tralian Cen­tre for Ru­ral En­trepreneur­ship to with­draw its ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est in the site.

Cr O’Con­nor said ACRE and its team, led by Matt Pfahlert, had “worked hard to push for a thriv­ing com­mu­nity hub there with a fo­cus on youth and in­no­va­tion”.

“…Their de­ci­sion to pull back from the project is in no way a re­flec­tion of their tal­ent, drive and com­mit­ment,” Cr O’Con­nor said.

“The coun­cil be­lieves the rail­way precinct re­mains an im­por­tant area with huge po­ten­tial for com­mu­nity- based ac­tiv­i­ties and cy­cle tourism that will ben­e­fit Beech­worth and broader re­gion.”

Cr O’Con­nor said the coun­cil would scope pos­si­ble uses and ap­pro­pri­ate de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for the precinct, which in­cludes the for­mer rail­way sta­tion, old goods shed and land ad­join­ing the cy­cle path and Mur­ray to Moun­tains Rail Trail.

“I would like to thank ACRE for their valu­able in­put and fo­cus in re­la­tion this project,” she said.

“I feel sure their vi­sion will en­com­pass other valu­able com­mu­nity projects in the fu­ture.”

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