Opponents of the plan to close Andrew Fairley Ave were left overjoyed when City of Greater Shepparton councillors rejected the proposal.JARROD WHITTAKER June 11, 2014 4:07am
As City of Greater Shepparton Mayor Jenny Houlihan wrapped up her plea for Andrew Fairley Ave to be closed last night, a member of the audience interjected.
‘‘Stuff SPC,’’ he called.
Several moments later the vote was taken.
The councillors voted 4-2 to keep the road open.
Shepparton’s Eastbank Centre erupted into spontaneous applause.
People left their seats and hugged.
Keep Andrew Fairley Open group’s Carole Trotter cried as she spoke to a television journalist.
During the debate, councillors who opposed the closure were met with applause.
Those who supported it were met with the occassional jeer and interruption.
During his presentation, Cr Michael Polan paused while speaking about SPC Ardmona’s plan to put $1
‘‘You’re repeating Peter Kelly’s bulls***,’’ was the call from the gallery.
After the decision, some people streamed out, while others hung around.
The mood was triumphant.
After three months of meetings, rallies and protests, they had won.
Andrew Fairley Ave would stay open.
The mood was different for SPC Ardmona managing director Peter Kelly.
In February, SPC Ardmona workers hugged and cheered as Mr Kelly announced with Victorian Premier Denis Napthine a rescue package had been agreed to.
That was now gone.
Immediately after the vote was settled, the company announced it was halting its $100
For the opponents of the road closure, this was their night.
Their three-month struggle was over.
But for those who depend on SPC Ardmona to make a living, February’s victory is gone.
This morning they wake to a familiar feeling — uncertainty about their future and with their livelihood again in doubt.
The sky is the limit for Wanganui Year 12 VCAL student Leigh Polan, 18, who decided to create two posters examining birdlife around the school.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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