District residents will wait to hear whether Echuca-Moama's second bridge crossing has received Victorian Government funding when the Budget is released tomorrow.RENEE THOMPSON AND TRENT HORNEMAN May 5, 2014 3:04am
The Echuca-Moama community will wait with baited breath when Victorian Treasurer Michael O’Brien hands down the state’s Budget tomorrow afternoon.
Three projects lie front and centre in the community’s mind — a second river crossing, a new police station and a new Echuca West consolidated school.
Campaspe Shire mayor Ian Maddison, Committee for Echuca Moama chief executive Hayden Cock and Member for Rodney Paul Weller all believe the bridge is a high priority.
While the NSW and Federal governments have committed money in the past, the Victorian Government has yet to provide financial security.
Mr Cock said a new bridge was most important.
‘‘Our number one priority is money for the bridge, so we’d be keen to see some money in the Budget which would indicate state commitment to building the bridge,’’ he said.
‘‘Our three priorities for infrastructure investment in Echuca-Moama are to see the bridge progress to the design stage, a commitment to build the new merged primary school and the new Echuca police station.’’
Mr Cock said now was the time for the Coalition, and the Nationals in particular, to show a strong commitment to the region.
‘‘I’d go further and say if the Coalition Government is not seen to be delivering to Echuca and surrounds I could well imagine a number of independents running at the next state election for the state seat of Murray Plains,’’ he said.
Cr Maddison said he wanted to see some money for the bridge.
‘‘I’d like to see commitment in forward estimates for new bridge in terms of a commitment for funding the planing and design stage of the bridge within the next 12 months,’’ he said.
‘‘We’d like to see funding for a new police station in Echuca and the Kyabram P-12 next stage.
‘‘Also in forward estimates, we’d like to see funding in next year’s Budget for Echuca West Consolidated Primary and Specialist School.
‘‘There’s been enough time and enough endeavours, advocacy work to think these requests are fair and expected for the growth and development of the shire.’’
Mr Weller said he wanted to see ‘progress’ on the consolidated Echuca primary schools, Kyabram P-12 and Echuca police station.
‘‘Of course, there’s not just funding when the Budget is announced, it happens throughout the year,’’ he said.
‘‘While people focus on Budget day, people need to focus on what happens through the year.’’
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Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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