'Urgent' need for Kilmore and Wandong-Heathcote Junction takes precedence.CHALPAT SONTI July 11, 2014 3:38am
A proposed structure plan for Seymour will be put on hold for seven months.
Mitchell Shire councillors voted on Monday night to delay starting work on the plan until a second one for Kilmore was completed first.
The change came about after council officers prepared a report saying that ‘‘major Victorian Government policy shifts’’ in the past six weeks, including recent approval of Plan Melbourne, represented a ‘‘policy seachange’’.
A structure plan for Kilmore, incorporating Wandong/Heathcote Junction, was needed with the ‘‘imminent identification’’ of a route for the Kilmore bypass.
There was already speculation and ad-hoc development in the town which the council could be powerless to stop unless a plan was in place.
While a structure plan for Seymour would help kickstart economic development ‘‘and underpin social sustainability’’, it could begin once the Kilmore/Wandong/Heathcote Junction work was underway.
The report also says the ‘‘status, form and funding’’ of the proposed Seymour levee bank should soon be resolved.
It had initially been forecast to begin work on a Seymour structure plan this month, but this would now not happen until February.
Cr Sue Marstaeller said it was important to get the Kilmore/Wandong/Heathcote Junction done soon, especially with natural gas coming to the area, even if Seymour was initially chosen to be done first.
Cr Rhonda Sanderson said it was ‘‘a fantastic thing’’ to get a structure plan begun for Seymour this financial year.
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Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
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A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
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