Member for Murray Sharman Stone would like to see the Victorian Government fund any shortfall for building of the Echuca-Moama bridge.TRENT HORNEMAN February 1, 2013 4:19am
Member for Murray Sharman Stone believes the Victorian Government should be responsible for funding any shortfall in building a second Murray River crossing in Echuca-Moama.
With Prime Minister Julia Gillard announcing a September 14 federal election on Wednesday, the Liberal member will push whichever party is elected to reinstate a $15
She said while she would like the Coalition to commit more because of inflation in the past 15 years, she would at least like the original cash put back on the table.
‘‘The Federal Government of the day gave a $15
‘‘When the money was handed out in 1998, there were three bridges funded. Two, under control of the NSW Government (Corowa and Robinvale) were promptly built, while one in the hands of the Victorian Government (Echuca) was continually stalled.’’
Dr Stone said the state governments were previously responsible for the land approaches to the bridge, while the Federal Government was responsible for the cost of the bridge span.
‘‘I think the state governments should be responsible for meeting the extra cost
Liberal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley also vowed to keep the Federal Government, whatever the party, to its $15
She stopped short of Dr Stone’s desire to have the Victorian Government cover all the shortfall.
‘‘When the federal funding slipped away in 2007 I wrote to Minister Anthony Albanese to honour the commitment once planning was complete,’’ she said.
‘‘I will be keeping the government to that undertaking when the time comes.
‘‘Between the three governments everyone wants to see the bridge built.
‘‘In the end I think that goodwill will prevail. The three governments need to sit down and come to a consensus as to who pays for it,’’ she said.
Member for Rodney Paul Weller said he was unsure when Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy would make a final decision on the government’s desired route.
He said the Victorian Government would approach the Federal Government to help meet the financial costs.
‘‘The Victorian Government has made the second crossing for Echuca-Moama as a priority and will approach Infrastructure Australia for funding in the 2014-19 period,’’ he said.
‘‘I would hope that the Federal Member for Murray would support us with that.’’
Last year the NSW Government allocated about $60
The Bridges for the Bush program is jointly funded by the Federal Government.
Shepparton police pursued two youths on foot near Waters Rd this afternoon.
The Mulwala Lions took a huge step forward in the race for the Murray League title with a hard fought, low scoring, 15 point win, against the fancied Barooga outfit, in near perfect conditions at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
Chelsea Campbell is excited with her new business venture, after purchasing Carol Taylor’s hairdressing salon in Hogan St.
THE Echuca-Moama Country Music Festival will kick off next week at Moama RSL with three days of entertainment under the one roof.
NATIONAL tree day came early for Rochester Secondary College with 16 students planting 350 trees in little more than an hour on Thursday.
Goulburn Valley Water, in consultation with the Department of Health & Human Services, has lifted the Boil Water Notice for the township of Tongala.
Australian Army Cadets unit keeps winning awards.
Berrigan Shire Council have approved a development application for six more independent living units to add to Berrigan’s Amaroo Self Care Unit block.
HEATHCOTE Park Raceway was back in action on Sunday with a surprise for those expecting owner Russell Clarke to be enjoying his retirement.
Dozens of birds of all shapes and sizes flew the coop as Cobram hosted its inaugural poultry auction last Sunday.
Neil Buckley has been inducted as president of the Deniliquin Lions for the next 12 months.
Superior Seed Co ran a successful Winter Cropping Field Day at Deniliquin last week.
The Benalla Giants came out winners in both the under-14s and under-16s against the Benalla Bulldogs on the weekend.
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