Group is working to make streets safer
Resorts continue to enjoy best snowfalls in years
NORTH East snow resorts are set to be bursting at the seams during school holidays from September 25.
Falls Creek, Mt Hotham and Mt Buffalo have been major destinations for skiers, snowboarders and those just wanting to make the most of some of the best snow conditions in decades.
Snow depths of almost two metres have been the catalyst for resort management boards
WANGARATTA residents pushing for safe pedestrian crossings in Murdoch Road were buoyed by a meeting with Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria) on Wednesday.
Jacqui Smith, Victoria Mallinder and Kristen Glenister, members of Safe Streets Wangaratta, met with Ms Symes to discuss their concerns about the need for crossing points to service students commuting to and from Cathedral College, and Our Lady’s, Yarrunga, St Patrick’s and Wangaratta primary schools.
Ms Symes said she was impressed by the extensive ground- work and commitment of the group.
“These are capable, busy women looking after their community and standing up for it,” she said.
“We’ll keep the dialogue open in terms of all opportunities that may be available.
“Road safety is certainly on my radar, and the fact they have done this much work, made submissions, and have got the community thinking is great to see.”
Ms Symes said she would be on the phone on her drive home from Wangaratta to determine what large and small scale funding avenues may be available to advance changes sought by the group, which include council conducting a pedestrian access and mobility strategy for the city’s central business district.
“I will have a look at everything,” she said.
Ms Smith said Wednesday’s meeting was a positive development for the group.
“It provides us with the next step,” she said.
Ms Glenister agreed: “And it might be a big step to connect us with funding opportunities.”
The group hopes Rural City of Wangaratta council and VicRoads will consider more than one crossing point along busy Murdoch Road.
Ms Mallinder said a wider view of the situation was required, to ensure it was sufficient to cater for all users of the corridor. What a great travelling rig. Bull Bar, Driving Lights, 4x4, Tow Bar, Electric Brakes, 7 Seats, the list goes on. With the power and efficiency of Turbo Diesel, this manual wagon is ready for adventure. Covered by our 3 Year / 60,000 KM Warranty, drive away in complete confidence. (YIX893)
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MAKING TRACKS: Three time Winter Olympian Steve Lee enjoying fresh powder at Falls Creek in the backcountry on his signature tours yesterday.
PHOTO: Chris Hocking at Falls Creek, Mt Hotham and Mt Buller to extend the season to October 8.
Falls Creek had another 10cm of fresh snow in the 24 hours to yesterday, with up to 30-40cms forecast into the weekend.
The resort has an overall snow depth of 190cm with full ski in/out conditions.
The resort’s unique ‘McKayos’ snow, road, dirt mountain bike race has been postponed from Saturday, September 23 to Saturday, October 7 due to too much snow.
“September is a great time to visit,” Falls Creek Resort Management marketing and communications manager Jo Prothero said.
“Accommodation is really affordable and with snow conditions not seen since 2004, there isn’t a better time to book a last minute trip to the snow.”
Mt Hotham had 15cm of fresh snow in the 24 hours until yesterday, taking the average natural snow depth to 175cm.
Some 437cm of snow has fallen at Mt Hotham during this season to date.
Mt Hotham local Bill Barker said the snow was nice and dry yesterday and the base had firmed up with the colder temperatures.
If you’re looking for some family fun in the snow, Mt Buffalo had 10cm of fresh snowfall in the 24 hours until yesterday and although the snow is softening, the coverage is “extensive” for snwo play, tobogganing and cross country skiing.
TALKING SAFETY: Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria) was impressed by the groundwork done by Safe Streets Wangaratta members Jacqui Smith, Victoria Mallinder and Kristen Glenister during their meeting in the rural city on Wednesday. PHOTO: Emma Hillier
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