New information sign

Following a concerted effort by Merrigum Community Group to upgrade signage in the town, it was announced at last Monday’s community meeting that design of a new information sign, to be located near the bus shelter in Waverley Ave, has been completed.

August 1, 2014 3:25am

The new information sign to be installed in Merrigum.

City of Greater Shepparton Council’s Kim Mansell said it was hoped the sign would be installed in the coming months.

Ms Mansell said the information sign, (2.1 m by 0.5 m) cost $4920 including installation.

‘‘The sign has been designed in earthy colours to represent the area,’’ she said.

Merrigum Community Group president Ken Phillips said the sign, which would provide visitors with information on the town’s facilities, would be a welcome addition.

A letter was tabled at the meeting from City of Greater Shepparton Council principal statutory planner Andrew Dainton.

He said ‘Notice of an Application for a Planning Permit’ had been submitted to council on behalf of Barry Lyons.

The application relates to the development of 138 building blocks between 52-56 Waverley Ave and 60A Morrissey St in Merrigum, which has been ongoing for a number of years.

Comments on the application closed yesterday.

Mr Phillips said it was pleasing to see the development finally get to this stage and all was going well for the development in the future.

Other issues discussed at the meeting included the need for wheelchair access at Merrigum Recreation Reserve.

It was noted that kerbing around much of the oval made it almost impossible for people in wheelchairs to safely negotiate entry to ‘‘high-access’’ areas.

Ms Mansell suggested that with a review due on the community plan later in the year, this could be made a priority matter.

‘‘It is important, with the review, that it sits well with the community as a whole. It (the review) carries a lot more weight with council if the community is actively involved and in agreement with what is included in the review,’’ she said.

Those at the meeting were reminded to have their say on the GSCC Community Safety Plan which ‘‘can influence all aspects of our daily life, including where we live, where we send our children to school, and where we socialise, work and play’’.

This follows discussion on a couple of safety issues mentioned on the night.

‘‘We want to hear from residents about their community safety in Greater Shepparton,’’ Ms Mansell said.

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