Moira may change bridge choice - Buck

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY FIONA BLICK

Dur­ing last week’s or­di­nary meet­ing of Moira Shire, Cr Wendy Buck gave the first in­di­ca­tion that coun­cil may change its back­ing of the green route for the Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Bridge if the up­com­ing plebiscite in­di­cates the com­mu­nity wants grey.

Coun­cil­lors were dis­cussing agenda item 12.2, the Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Bridge Pe­ti­tion, which had been tabled the pre­vi­ous month.

The tabled pe­ti­tion was signed by 35 peo­ple and stated;

“The old bridge across the lake is to be de­mol­ished. This is a cer­tainty (cour­tesy of in­for­ma­tion sup­plied by VicRoads). The des­ig­nated route is the grey route, along­side the old bridge. This is a Vic­to­rian State Gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion.

“We are con­cerned that Moira Shire’s con­tin­ued sup­port for the green route will take busi­ness away from our shop­ping strip.

“The green route will; • Greatly dis­ad­van­tage cars try­ing to en­ter

the shop­ping precinct • En­able cars to by­pass the town en­tirely • Ab­so­lutely dev­as­tate pedes­trian ac­cess to Bel­more Street shops and cafes once the old bridge is gone. “We, the un­der­signed busi­ness own­ers, ask that Moira Shire take no­tice of this pe­ti­tion and change its stance to sup­port the Grey route and in do­ing so, sup­port busi­ness in this town.”

Cr Peter Mans­field moved the rec­om­men­da­tion to thank the pe­ti­tion­ers for their work, note the con­cerns raised and en­cour­age the pe­ti­tion sig­na­to­ries to par­tic­i­pate in the planned plebiscite; Cr Buck sec­onded the rec­om­men­da­tion.

Cr Mans­field spoke to the mo­tion say­ing coun­cil had de­cided to hold a plebiscite to gauge the views of Yar­ra­wonga res­i­dents on their pre­ferred route.

“We are hav­ing a plebiscite and I en­cour­age the pe­ti­tion­ers to be in­volved as well as all res­i­dents so coun­cil can get a full opin­ion,” he said.

Cr Buck then spoke and thanked the pe­ti­tion­ers.

“It is a hot topic on a high pro­file and ex­pen­sive project,” Cr Buck said.

“We need an ev­i­dence-based sur­vey to show which di­rec­tion is needed.

“What­ever de­ci­sion comes out we can sup­port that de­ci­sion and get our­selves a bridge.”

In a re­port pre­sented to coun­cil and ap­proved by CEO Mark Hen­der­son it stated coun­cil be­lieved “the many con­cerns and com­pet­ing views ex­pressed by the com­mu­nity will best be ad­dressed by en­sur­ing the plebiscite de­liv­ers a com­pre­hen­sive, rig­or­ous and de­fend­able in­de­pen­dent process to un­der­stand the com­mu­nity’s pref­er­ence”.

“Coun­cil is also aware of com­pet­ing views re­gard­ing the im­pli­ca­tions of the align­ments for the fu­ture growth and de­vel­op­ment of the town, the on­go­ing pros­per­ity of lo­cal busi­ness and the live­abil­ity en­joyed by vis­i­tors and res­i­dents,” the re­port said.

“A com­mu­nity aware­ness cam­paign will pre­cede the plebiscite to sup­port con­sis­tent un­der­stand­ing of the plebiscite and the ques­tions put be­fore the com­mu­nity.

“The out­come is not bind­ing on coun­cil or any other agency but will in­form con­sid­er­a­tion of coun­cil’s fu­ture po­si­tion and will be shared with rel­e­vant agen­cies, neigh­bour­ing coun­cils and the com­mu­nity.”

Cr Buck spoke to the Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle af­ter the meet­ing and re­it­er­ated her be­lief Moira Shire would sup­port what­ever route was in­di­cated by the plebiscite. “If it is grey, we will sup­port grey,” she said. “We need to know what the peo­ple, all of them, all the mums and dads, think and not just the in­ter­est groups.

“There is a state gov­ern­ment elec­tion next year and if we can in any way lobby for fund­ing and get this go­ing, it is re­ally im­por­tant we do this now.

“Moira Shire needs to do ev­ery­thing it can to keep push­ing for a bridge.

“This is why we, the coun­cil­lors, were elected, to sup­port the res­i­dents’ wishes.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.