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.
A pedestrian has been taken to Goulburn Valley Base Hospital this afternoon.
Mulwala’s own motor racing sensation Steve ‘Harro’ Harrison has won the 2014 Victorian Super Tin Tops Championship.
St Augustines College, Kyabram, has won the inaugural School’s Sustainability Cup for 2014, beating several Melbourne schools.
Shaun Atkins’ 32-point performance was quickly forgotten after the Echuca-Moama Pirates suffered their biggest loss on Saturday.
As expected the Rochester Community Recreation Grants Program launched last week has already ruffled feathers within the community.
New faces for Girgarre FNC
A time to include late loved ones in the spirit of the season.
Firefighters were able to save a Finley property's buildings after a large stack of hay bales went up in flames on Monday.
Eppalock Primary School has gone global.
Three major crashes in Moira Shire in less than a week prompts Christmas warning from authorities.
Winners of the ‘Deni: All lit up’ residential Christmas lights competition were announced yesterday.
Fodder depots have been set up in Euroa and Thoona for farmers hit by the recent fires.
The rail tracks are in such disrepear V/Line is having to close the buffet car between Euroa and Seymour due to health and safety concerns to hospitality staff.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
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.