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Andrew Fairley Ave to remain open

City of Greater Shepparton councillors have rejected a proposal to close Andrew Fairley Ave at their council meeting tonight.

JARROD WHITTAKER June 10, 2014 5:25pm

Shepparton road Andrew Fairley Ave will remain open.

Busy central Shepparton road Andrew Fairley Ave will remain open after City of Greater Shepparton councillors this evening voted to reject a proposal to close the road and sell it to fruit processor SPC Ardmona.

The company had sought to acquire the road as part of its $100million upgrade of its Shepparton factory.

SPC Ardmona’s plans to upgrade the facility were contingent upon securing sole access to the road.

The decision follows a strong community campaign to keep Andrew Fairley Ave open.

The decision means SPC Ardmona’s $100million investment in its Shepparton plant is officially in limbo.

‘‘Today’s decision means the original investment plan will now be halted,’’ SPC Ardmona managing director Peter Kelly told The News at last night’s council meeting.

For two pages of coverage and analysis, see tomorrow’s News.

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