Greater Shepparton City Council seeks public feedback on proposal to close Andrew Fairley Ave to accommodate SPC Ardmona factory upgrade.JARROD WHITTAKER March 19, 2014 4:59am
Greater Shepparton City Council is seeking public feedback on a proposal to close Andrew Fairley Ave in Shepparton.
Busy central city thoroughfare Andrew Fairley Ave could be closed and sold to SPC Ardmona to allow for the upgrade of its Shepparton fruit processing factory.
City of Greater Shepparton councillors last night voted to put the proposal out for public consultation.
If approved, the section of road between Adams Ave and the roundabout where Railway Pde and Hawdon St meet would be sold.
In moving the motion, Cr Michael Polan told last night’s Greater Shepparton City Council meeting the sale of the road was not a ‘‘lay down misere’’ — or, in other words, a done deal.
‘‘We’re putting it out there so we know what we’re attempting to do,’’ he said.
Cr Polan said the proposal was just another step in the council’s efforts to help SPC Ardmona.
He said it would not proceed if it was not in the community’s interest.
Cr Dennis Patterson said a decision on the future of the road would be difficult, but was a decision the council needed to make.
He said the council needed to consider whether other options were available to SPC Ardmona and what the impact would be on the community and traffic.
A council officers’ report said SPC Ardmona had approached the council to seek the closure and sale of the road.
The report said the land was ‘‘critical to the efficient upgrade of the facility’’.
The community will have four weeks to comment on the plan, with a committee of the whole to be formed to hear objectors if required.
The committee will meet on Tuesday, April 29 to consider submissions and will consist of all councillors.
Council will also seek a formal valuation of the land.
Cr Kevin ‘‘Gunna’’ Ryan said it would be ‘‘stupid’’ for council not to consider the proposal.
‘‘They’ve told us it’s the only place they can build a new factory,’’ Cr Ryan said.
‘‘This is just the start — I would expect a lot of people to put a submission in.’’
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