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.
Water has been returned to Kinnairds and Black wetlands to help with their revitalisation after bushfire damaged them in February.
More than 2200 people have signed up to show their support for a campaign to have the green route chosen for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Matches were split up over Good Friday and Easter Saturday throughout the region.
Painter Ben Winspear and Scott Wileman will create new works as the public look on during the at Rochester Art Exhibition.
Kyabram Bombers have the chance to beat Rochester under light for the first time this Friday evening.
Lions star recruit had a tough introduction to the GVFL.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Eighty residents at a forum determined the Heathcote Community Plan was on track but need some fine tuning.
Cobram skate park hosts skateboarding and music for youth week.
Senior state minister Adrian Piccoli reaquainted himself with Deniliquin yesterday, leaving Deniliquin Counil hopeful it has an ally in him.
With his blue eyes and snow-coloured coat, Nanneella horse Sinatra has looks worthy of a fairytale.
Fourteen-year-old Benalla girl Jaimee Linke will launch her debut novel next month.
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