After delays on the Murray River bridge at Echuca-Moama on Friday, Murray Shire mayor Tom Weyrich is upset at the lack of financial commitment towards a second river crossing.MONIQUE PRESTON December 31, 2012 4:04am
A car collided with a truck on the Echuca-Moama Bridge on Friday, causing a traffic nightmare for motorists.
Murray Shire mayor Tom Weyrich has called on the Victorian Government to ‘‘man up’’ and pledge money for the second Echuca-Moama Murray River bridge.
Speaking shortly after Friday’s crash, which had traffic banked up on both sides of the border, Cr Weyrich blasted the government for being all talk.
‘‘We were lucky there was no problem here (in NSW) because there are no tow trucks in Moama and no ambulances,’’ he said.
‘‘NSW has already allocated $60
‘‘We’re being treated like second-class citizens.’’
The NSW Government pledged an estimated $60
Victorian Deputy Premier Peter Ryan, while visiting the region in July, declared the Coalition would ‘‘build the damn thing, be assured’’, but no monetary figure has been mentioned since.
The Federal Government, which would be needed to help fund the second bridge, is yet to firmly commit words or money.
Cr Weyrich said Murray Shire councillors would discuss in the new year whether to support Committee for Echuca-Moama’s request for Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy to waive the need for a planning panel on the second bridge’s route.
C4EM chief executive Hayden Cock believes the planning panel is unnecessary because studies have already been conducted and because it could add 18 months to the already drawn-out debate. Mr Cock said the 2B option already had the support of Murray and Campaspe Shires and Yorta Yorta.
Member for Rodney Paul Weller supports C4EM’s request.
Campaspe Shire chief executive Keith Baillie said the shire would discuss the issue in the New Year.
Budding Kyabram actor Taylor Smith Morvell is one of 20 Victorian students chosen to perform his Year 12 theatre studies monologue in Melbourne next week.
The Yarrawonga and District Cemetery Trust has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Department of Health to undertake development work at the Yarrawonga cemetery.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
A man has been taken to Echuca hospital after being trapped for several minutes in his vehicle.
Steve Glassborow has returned for a twentieth year, bringing a range of his bronze sculptures.
Tongala family hopes for transplant call for six-year-old.
Family of former Seymour man killed in a road crash in Los Angeles before Christmas set up a Melbourne University scholarship in his honour.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Leitchville-Gunbower at home was too strong for Heathcote’s senior footballers in their first Good Friday clash.
Huge crowds turned out for Cobram Barooga's River Beaches Festival, which featured a special splash for 2000 rubber ducks.
South West Arts ArtOut will be held again in 2015 after last weekend's inaugural success.
Murray Goulburn has lifted its milk prices to about $6.66 kg milk solids.
Benalla's Kevin Harper will be honoured in the motorcade lap of honour at Melbourne Cricket Ground tomorrow for his service during the Korean War.
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