Alleged sexual attack concerns Mitchell Shire councillors.CHALPAT SONTI June 19, 2014 3:06am
The scene of an alleged sexual assault in Seymour needs urgent action to make it safer, Mitchell Shire councillors heard last week.
Cr Bill Melbourne successfully moved a motion for the council to write to V/Line, VicTrack and the Australian Rail Track Corporation requesting ‘‘urgent action be taken to rectify the defects in there which may have contributed to (an alleged) sexual assault’’.
It came after the incident allegedly occurred in the Victoria St underpass in late-May. A 16-year-old girl claims to have been assaulted while walking through the underpass about 3.50
Cr Melbourne said both internal and external lighting wasn’t working in the underpass and vicinity and additional external lighting would also be beneficial.
He also called for CCTV in the area to ‘‘capture persons entering and exiting’’.
‘‘This didn’t happen in the dark,’’ he said.
‘‘I really can’t find an appropriate word for how shocked I was that this has happened in a country town. As a kid I walked through that tunnel to go to St Mary’s College .
Cr Des Callaghan, who also used the underpass frequently in his youth, said the tunnel was ‘‘an absolute disgrace’’.
‘‘Really VicTrack and the other mob ought to be held accountable,’’ he said.
‘‘I wonder if that letter should be forwarded on to anyone else with higher authority.’’ That caused an amendment to be successfully moved that the letter also go to Transport Minister Terry Mulder.
The underpass was last in the spotlight in 2011, when Hans Bothe’s concerns were highlighted in the Telegraph. VicTrack then set about cleaning it up.
Police are diverting traffic following a two-car crash at the intersection of Fryers and Welsford St, Shepparton.
Mulwala’s own motor racing sensation Steve ‘Harro’ Harrison has won the 2014 Victorian Super Tin Tops Championship.
Jody Vincitorio and the boys at JVs Paint and Panel were at it again at this year’s Shepparton Springnats Autofest, taking out a number of awards.
An influx of revellers, including members of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, were the target of more than 20 extra police who flooded Echuca’s streets at the weekend.
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
Noel Roberts bought the Telegraph for the first time recently - and it helped solve a 72-year family mystery.
Firefighters were able to save a Finley property's buildings after a large stack of hay bales went up in flames on Monday.
Singing voices were put to the test across the district on the weekend with Carols by Candlelight events in Heathcote and Axedale.
Tragic circumstances for a local family leads to support through community Christmas hamper.
A woman posing as a nurse in a nursing home has been arrestred by Deniliquin Police.
Bungeet farmer, Doug James, lost about 1000 head of sheep in a fire that rapidly burnt through his farm on Tuesday afternoon.
21-yr-old Warrenbayne cricket captain Travis King and his 15-yr-old brother Wade have been selected to play for Victoria in the Imparja Cup.
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.