Council push on promises
Liberals urged to honour pledges
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.”