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Murray Shire councillor calls for office relocation

Murray Shire councillor Geoff Mackenzie believes Mathoura shire offices need to be relocated to Moama.

TYLA HARRINGTON March 7, 2014 4:51am

Murray Shire councillor Geoff Mackenzie believes his shire’s headquarters should be moved from Mathoura to Moama.

The shire’s headquarters are located in Mathoura with a branch in Moama.

Cr Mackenzie said while he has nothing against the town, he believes resources are being wasted with the main offices being located in Mathoura.

He believes the ‘‘main part’’ of the offices should be located in Moama and the engineering department should remain in Mathoura.

Cr Mackenzie said ‘‘it’s not should it happen or if, it’s when will it happen?’’.

‘‘I’m in favour of relocating the main part of the offices to Moama ... it just makes sense,’’ he said.

‘‘I don’t mean it to happen tomorrow, I just think there should be a study completed.

‘‘We should look at having a study to see what impacts it would have on Mathoura. I don’t think it would have much effect.’’

Cr Mackenzie said staff who have to travel back and forward is ‘‘time wastage’’.

‘‘It would save time and resources,’’ he said.

‘‘Geographically Mathoura is the centre of the shire but Moama is the more popular location.’’

Cr Mackenzie said a study should be completed on the idea but he doesn’t believe it could come to fruition in the near future.

‘‘We’re faced with Mathoura-based councillors and unless something changes with the balance of council nothing is going to happen.

‘‘I’m not having a shot at the town at all but Moama has the bigger population.

‘‘In Moama there’s 5000 people and about 20,000 in Echuca against 400 in Mathoura.

‘‘I don’t mean it badly, it’s just a matter of fact.

‘‘I support Mathoura and I do shop there but I’m just saying, ‘how can you justify 10 cars going to Mathoura?’,’’ he said.

Murray Shire Mayor Tom Weyrich is against the shire’s headquarters being re-located to Moama. He says the idea is ridiculous.

‘‘The shire has struggled to get staff and the question has come up before, ‘Why don’t we move the headquarters to Moama? We would have a line-up of people trying to get jobs’,’’ Cr Weyrich said.

‘‘It is a ridiculous suggestion, especially with everything that’s going on, including proposed mergers, why would we do something like that?

‘‘Some councillors are trying to make a wedge between Moama and the rest of Murray Shire.’’

At a recent meeting Cr Gen Campbell moved a motion to hold more meetings in Moama, instead of one in Moama and one in Mathoura each month. She was supported by Cr Mackenzie and Cr Gavin Burke.

Cr Campbell lost the motion.

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