Roads, rail a big focus at monthly council meeting
ROADS and rail were a heavy topic of discussion at the Strathbogie Shire Council monthly meeting, held on September 18.
Council endorsed the appointment of a roads advisory committee, which will advise council on development and review of policy and strategy relating to the road network.
The committee will also look at policy relating to the management of roadsides and potential advocacy priorities regarding road safety issues and initiatives of community benefit
Sitting on the committee will be elected community representatives John Dunn, Craig Hahnel and Paul Swan.
Councillor Graeme Williams was selected as committee chair and Cr Alistair Thomson will be the second councillor representative.
VicRoads North Eastern manager planning, Rebecca Steer, and manager operations, Steve McCallum, were also selected to sit on the advisory committee.
The committee’s first meeting will take place this month. RAIL FREIGHT ALLIANCE Council also showed its support for a membership to join the Rail Freight Alliance, at a yearly cost of $3000.
The Rail Freight Alliance (RFA) is made up of Victorian rural, regional and metropolitan local government councils and is focused on ensuring increased investment in Victoria’s rail freight system.
Mayor Amanda McClaren said becoming part of the alliance will allow council to unite with other councils as a strong voice on rail freight.
“We have been working actively to advocate for our communities, particularly in the lead up to state and federal elections, and rail freight has been one of our key advocacy areas,” Mayor McClaren said.
“In particular, Mangalore Airport has been identified in the Hume Strategy as a potential logistics/freight hub due to its proximity to the Goulburn Valley rail lines and the Goulburn Valley and Hume Freeways.
“By joining the RFA, council has also has an opportunity to influence this policy and have a seat at the table in these important discussions.” PLANS ENDORSED Other items endorsed at the council meeting included:
Group Community Plan 20182022;
Management Plan 2018- 2020;
sorship for The Nightmare Continues… Act III event in Violet Town;
kind and cash sponsorship for the 2019 Euroa Apex Pro Rodeo.
Council also discussed the current commencement of planning for the final rehabilitation of the Violet Town landfill, in accordance with the requirements of the Environmental Protection Authority.
Detailed designs, timelines and costings on the available rehabilitation options will be developed and presented to council for a decision early next year.
Mayor McClaren has said council will aim to continue to keep the community informed about this project along the way.