A December 18 letter from Committee for Echuca-Moama chief executive Hayden Cock to Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy calls for plans for a second Echuca-Moama bridge to be expedited.December 19, 2012 4:12am
Committee for Echuca-Moama chairman Jim Cosgriff and CEO Hayden Cock (right) urged residents to attend a rally in support of a second Echuca-Moama bridge in June.
The Committee for Echuca Moama wants to see a planning panel set up to assess the impacts of second Echuca-Moama bridge waived to get the bridge built quicker.
The following is a transcript of the full letter from Committee for Echuca-Moama chief executive Hayden Cock to Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy, dated December 18:
The Committee for Echuca Moama (C4EM) is a member-based, self-funding, independent and apolitical organisation that brings together a broad cross-section of Echuca Moama’s private, public and not-for-profit organisations across all sectors.
C4EM’s primary role is to advocate for the issues and initiatives that will make Echuca Moama a better place to live, work and play.
A key priority for C4EM, and the overwhelming majority of people from Echuca Moama and surrounds, is the building of the much-needed second bridge.
In June this year, C4EM organised a public rally to show the community’s support for a second bridge and over 2000 people attended the rally.
Following the rally, and while launching C4EM’s Strategic Plan, the (then) Acting Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development, the Hon Peter Ryan MP said ‘‘… we will build the damn thing, be assured.’’ (Riverine Herald, July 11, 2012)
Based on recent briefings, we now understand VicRoads will soon submit to you all the relevant studies they have undertaken for the second bridge and will recommend a preferred route for the bridge.
In evaluating the options for the preferred route, there has already been extensive consultation with the community and both the Campaspe Shire on the Echuca side and Murray Shire on the Moama side have voted to support the 2B option. This has also been publicity supported by the Yorta Yorta Nation.
Given the overwhelming support for the 2B option and the extensive consultation and studies that have already been undertaken, we would urge you not to delay the planning process any further. In particular, we would request that you waive the need for a Planning Panel thus avoiding further lengthy delays around an ultimate decision of possibly up to 18 months.
It is critical that funding for the bridge is committed by the Victorian, NSW and Federal Governments as soon as possible and lengthy delays in the planning approval process will only further jeopardise the early commitment of budget funds.
Therefore, we would urge you to expedite the planning approval process to ensure that the people and communities of Echuca Moama can finally see an unequivocal financial commitment to build the second bridge – a final and binding commitment that would end nearly 50 years of discussion, debate, frustration and numerous false starts.
Have your say: Should the planning panel be waived? (See poll, right)
The fire in the Creightons Creek region, south of Euroa, is continuing to burn today and the CFA is warning residents to be cautious of falling trees.
Mulwala’s own motor racing sensation Steve ‘Harro’ Harrison has won the 2014 Victorian Super Tin Tops Championship.
St Augustines College, Kyabram, has won the inaugural School’s Sustainability Cup for 2014, beating several Melbourne schools.
Multiple fires on the Northern Hwy, Echuca are now being listed as under control by CFA. However, traffic diversions remain between Echuca and Rochester.
Four people, including a father and his two children, were fined more than $18,000 for their role in an alcohol-fuelled brawl at a Lockington party earlier this year which ended in a teenager beaten up and forced into a dog cage.
New faces for Girgarre FNC
A time to include late loved ones in the spirit of the season.
Firefighters were able to save a Finley property's buildings after a large stack of hay bales went up in flames on Monday.
Eppalock Primary School has gone global.
Scout Group hopes to raise funds for World Scout Jamboree through novel 24-hour endurance test.
Forest tour only way to understand impact.
Fodder depots have been set up in Euroa and Thoona for farmers hit by the recent fires.
The rail tracks are in such disrepear V/Line is having to close the buffet car between Euroa and Seymour due to health and safety concerns to hospitality staff.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.