Coun­cil push on prom­ises

Lib­er­als urged to hon­our pledges

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - SHAUN Mc­MANUS

THE Der­went Val­ley Coun­cil has urged the State Gov­ern­ment to hon­our its elec­tion prom­ises for the re­gion and start work on up­grad­ing Glenora Rd as soon as pos­si­ble.

The Lib­eral Party promised $7.8 mil­lion to the Der­went Val­ley com­mu­nity for var­i­ous lo­cal projects de­pen­dant on be­ing re­turned to of­fice dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign.

Among the com­mit­ments, the party pledged $2.5 mil­lion to im­prove Glenora Rd, in­clud­ing the sur­face qual­ity, road edg­ing and drainage. No time frame for the pro­ject was spec­i­fied.

Der­went Val­ley Mayor Mar­tyn Evans said the coun­cil has writ­ten to the re-elected Gov­ern­ment to touch base, par­tic­u­larly re­gard­ing cap­i­tal and in­fra­struc­ture projects.

“It was about com­mit­ments and their time­lines,” Cr Evans said.

“We thanked them for their com­mit­ments and con­gratu- lated them on be­ing re-elected, but we would like to know when and where we can start with these projects.”

Cr Evans said the up­grade of Glenora Rd was an ur­gent is­sue.

“It think that it’s vi­tal to be started ASAP and now we know who is min­is­ter for what, we can ac­tu­ally talk to them and say ‘Come and have a look’,” he said.

“We’ve got all these traf­fic move­ments, we’ve got the May­dena Bike Park now on top of Na­tional Park, on top of the great South-West, and the berries and the hops and the cherry in­dus­try boom­ing up that side of the river.

“Tourism num­bers have in­creased ex­po­nen­tially, so let’s mit­i­gate against some risk and we want to make sure it’s as safe as pos­si­ble ... to travel on and do the road­works that’s been com­mit­ted to.

“We would like that done ASAP, [it’s] a mat­ter of ur­gency due to the in­crease of traf­fic flows.”

In­fra­struc­ture Min­is­ter Jeremy Rock­liff ex­pects plan­ning to start soon on the Glenora Rd up­grade.

“The grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of Mount Field Na­tional Park has prompted the $2.5 mil­lion up­grade of Glenora Rd for lo­cals and tourists,” Mr Rock­liff said.

“This is a good ex­am­ple of our plan to meet the chang­ing in­fra­struc­ture needs of our state.

“Plan­ning work will start shortly and we in­tend to con­sult closely with the com­mu­nity.”

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