Group is work­ing to make streets safer

Re­sorts con­tinue to en­joy best snow­falls in years

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - By STEVE KELLY BY SIMONE KERWIN

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.

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This work­horse is look­ing for a new home. With full length tray, tow bar, auto trans­mis­sion and the leg­endary Fal­con 6 cylin­der, this will do what­ever job you put in front of it. Cov­ered by our 3 Year / 60,000 KM War­ranty, (1HZ80N)

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

Wangaratta In­door Sports & Aquatic Cen­tre H.P. Barr Re­serve, Schilling Dve Wangaratta 3677 T (03) 5722 1723 E wangaratta@ymca.org.au www.wangaratta.ymca.org.au

sker­win@ ne­me­dia.com.au

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