Committee for Echuca-Moama believes Campaspe Shire needs to invest in the appearance of Echuca, including its entrances.RUTH CLAYTON February 4, 2013 4:58am
Campaspe Shire needs to invest more money in Echuca’s appearance if the town is to compete with others along the Murray River, according to Committee for Echuca-Moama.
Chief executive Hayden Cock said the entrance to Echuca from Melbourne on the Northern Hwy could be beautified at low cost, yet council had not undertaken any such exercise.
‘‘As a resident you want to feel proud when you’re driving into your town,’’ he said.
‘‘I think most would agree
He said the entrance, which featured wooden structures colloquially knows as the ‘gallows’, were ‘‘not welcoming’’.
‘‘I find it really sad,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s not pretty.
‘‘We seem to have lost sight of efforts to reinvigorate and refresh our town.’’
The comments come as the town prepares for the Southern 80, which brings tens of thousands of visitors to the region.
Thousands more are expected the following weekend for the Riverboats Music Festival, which 4000 people attended last year.
Campaspe Shire councillor Paul Jarman, who listed the presentation of Echuca and Echuca’s entrances as election priorities, said he liked the wooden structures on the Northern Hwy entrance, but hoped to have the name of the town displayed.
When it came to the other four entrances to Echuca, Cr Jarman said he would like to engage the community to find out what they wanted and work towards that.
‘‘I think the entrances and Ogilvie Ave and some areas like the river frontage areas definitely need service reviews because of they way they look,’’ Cr Jarman said.
Campaspe Shire infrastructure, facilities and commercial executive manager Kelly Sampson said routine maintenance works were completed to the Northern Hwy entrance feature before Christmas.
Works, which comprised washing down the structure, and applying a protective coating to the red gum timber, took two days.
Ms Sampson said no further works were planned for the entrance.
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