City of Greater Shepparton councillor Dennis Patterson is worried about the potential for fire in bushland near Peter Ross Edward Causeway.JARROD WHITTAKER February 17, 2014 4:35am
A fire in bushland near Peter Ross Edwards causeway could result in a loss of lives with vehicles unable to escape, a Shepparton councillor says.
City of Greater Shepparton Deputy Mayor Dennis Patterson said he was concerned about the potential for fire because of high fuel loads near the Goulburn River.
‘‘We’ll have a fire at the causeway coming at us with the speed of the wind,’’ Cr Patterson said. ‘‘The worst part is for anyone stuck on the causeway, you’ve got nowhere to go.
‘‘People will be trying to do U-turns, people will be running up the back of people — it’ll be a disaster.’’
He said the closure of the causeway would separate Shepparton and Mooroopna.
‘‘Fire brigades won’t be able to get across the causeway — whatever support you’ve got in your town is what you’ve got,’’ Cr Patterson said.
‘‘It’s got the potential to be a disaster.’’
In November last year Cr Patterson put forward a motion asking for the Victorian and Federal governments to conduct fire mitigation in the area.
The motion originally asked for an investigation into grazing to lower fuel loads in Lower Goulburn National Park and Shepparton Regional Park.
It was amended to remove the grazing reference and allow other options to be looked at before being endorsed.
He said fire mitigation had not been carried out in recent years.
‘‘If you go back 40
He said it was not a matter of ‘‘if, but when’’ a bushfire hit the area.
‘‘Something’s got to be done, controlled burns are very limited to when they can do it,’’ Cr Patterson said.
Councillors have formally supported the proposed Shepparton bypass and endorsed combining two early stages to try maximise the project’s chances for securing funding.
More than 800 golfers throughout Australia converged on Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort's five-day 2016 May Tournament from Monday to Friday last week.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
BRIGHT and sunny weather made for perfect conditions for Rochester Hotel’s inaugural Motors and Music Fest on Saturday, May 7.
ROCHESTER and Elmore District Health Services is now $12,000 richer and management can’t wait to spend it.
Former AFL star and Bali bombing survivor Jason McCartney is the guest speaker for Kyabram's Sportstar of the Year event.
Cole, Clifton in final squad
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
A WINTRY day was turned to spring on Friday when the mums and students of Holy Rosary Primary School hosted the school’s annual Mother’s Day luncheon.
Students at Cobram Primary School were raring to go for the last day of NAPLAN testing last week after tucking in to a special breakfast provided by the school’s Parents and Friends Committee.
Plans for the release of a carp herpes virus has captured the attention of international press.
Farmers from northern Victoria will join a protest rally over milk prices in Melbourne tomorrow, Wednesday.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
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.