Well done on those bat­tling on the bridge

Euroa Gazette - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS to the more than 50 peo­ple who have banded to­gether to present a united front for the Euroa com­mu­nity in its forth­com­ing bat­tle over the new pro­posed road bridge.

Be­cause of the dou­ble-decker trains and the need to pro­vide an al­ter­na­tive emer­gency route for the B-dou­ble trucks Euroa will get a new rail cross­ing. Of that there is lit­tle doubt. At this stage I am not sure that many res­i­dents are aware of how badly this de­vel­op­ment might im­pact Euroa un­less the com­mu­nity gets in­volved.

If left solely to engi­neers and ac­coun­tants, the ARTC’s whole fo­cus will be on traf­fic move­ment and cost sav­ings. So­cial is­sues will not be con­sid­ered. An out­come with­out com­mu­nity in­volve­ment could be dis­as­trous.

The first rail bridge ef­fec­tively di­vided the town.

A much taller, wider, longer, nois­ier and dirt­ier bridge will most likely frac­ture the town.

The Aus­tralian Rail Track Cor­po­ra­tion which in­de­cently is fed­eral gov­ern­ment owned has a 50 year lease on the Mel­bourne – Al­bury line from VicRail.

The ARTC in their char­ter say that they are com­mit­ted to re­spect­ing the com­mu­nity and en­vi­ron­ment in which they op­er­ate. We need to make them. ARTC will also need ul­ti­mate ap­proval from VicRoads which in its char­ter says that its “key role is to help pro­vide Vic­to­ri­ans with safe and easy con­nec­tions to the peo­ple and places that mat­ter most to them.”

Euroa is seen as a de­sir­able lo­ca­tion and its am­bi­ence is much ad­mired by res­i­dents, vis­i­tors and tourists.

A com­mu­nity never knows what it has un­til it is gone.

So in this in­stance res­i­dents need to be­come very in­volved in the process.

Per­haps this is an op­por­tu­nity for res­i­dents and the three tiers of gov­ern­ment to look far, far ahead, look at the big pic­ture and con­sider a by­pass route.

There are many pos­si­ble op­tions but in the long run such an out­come may be the best re­sult for this won­der­ful town.

Des Ryan, Euroa

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