Deniliquin Pastoral Times
Around the region: Maude Rd funding
The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed another casualty with the decision already made to cancel the Echuca-Moama New Year’s Eve event.
Organisers said they made the tough decision to ensure the health and safety of the community amid the pandemic.
It will be the second year in a row the event has not been held, with the 2019 event cancelled due to concerns around a total fire ban.
Echuca’s New Year’s Eve celebrations were held in 2017 and 2018, the event being a culmination of work by community groups in the area to create a family-friendly celebration at Aquatic Reserve. Commonwealth funding has ben allocated to improve safety for heavy vehicles and motorists travelling along the main route linking the western area of Edward River and Hay Shire LGAs.
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley said a $792,000 federal contribution will help fund a $2.9m 7km upgrade of Maude Road on the edge of Edward River’s boundary with Hay Shire.
Unveiled as part of $9 million in new road and bridge funding in Farrer, the work is in addition to the construction of a replacement crossing over Nimmie Creek, just south of Maude township.
‘‘The timing of these projects couldn’t be better and allows the local councils to fast-track their highestpriority infrastructure projects, providing local jobs and boosting the economy, while build safer bridges and transport routes through Farrer,’’ Ms Ley said
Works on the Cohuna Weir and Koondrook fishways are not far away from starting.
Goulburn-Murray Water has confirmed it will start early works in coming weeks, once preliminary inspections and investigations are completed at two Gunbower Creek sites.
The fishways will allow upstream and downstream passages of native fish by connecting the length of Gunbower Creek between Koondrook Weir and the National Channel Inlet Regulator.
Tenders went out in September, and it is expected contracts will be awarded in December and works will begin early next year.
Building of the Koondrook and Cohuna fishways is planned for February to October 2021, with the majority of works being undertaken during the irrigation season shutdown from May 15 to August 15, 2021.
The works will result in a drawdown of the weir pool during the shutdown period and G-MW will aim to minimise the aesthetic impact on the local community.
Stage one of the $356 million Shepparton rail line upgrade is complete, with stage two expected to start soon.
Stage one saw 10 extra services a week between Melbourne and Shepparton along with 29 extra coach services, while the second stage will allow new V/Line trains to travel to and from Shepparton for the first time.
Stage two will also see platform extensions at Mooroopna, Murchison East and Nagambie to suit the new VLocity trains, with 59 level crossing upgrades between Shepparton and Donnybrook.
Once complete, there will be nine return services a day between Shepparton and Melbourne, with trains travelling at higher speeds.