Well done on those battling on the bridge
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