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10,000 send bridge message

More than 10,000 people have signed a petition in support of the green route for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.

RACHEAL WILLETT April 29, 2014 4:23pm

The Green Route Community Group has been overwhelmed with the support from Yarrawonga Mulwala residents and visitors.

“We are absolutely over the moon with the response,” said group member and Mulwala Progress Association President Rob Purtle.

“I’d estimate up to 95% of the feedback on the petition has been positive in support of the green route and I think pretty much 100% has been in favour of keeping the existing bridge as a pedestrian and cycle track.

“It’s really fantastic. We set out to show the roads authorities and the state governments what the community wanted and I think it’s safe to say we well and truly did that.”

The Green Route Community Group set out in early April to gauge the feeling of the community and the level of support for the green route as the preferred option for the Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.

There are three shortlisted bridge route options –green, yellow and grey.

In simple terms, the green route sits to the immediate east of the existing weir bridge, the grey route would sit directly alongside the existing ‘traffic’ bridge and the yellow bridge would sit slightly further to the west of the ‘traffic’ bridge, connecting at Irvine Parade in Yarrawonga.

Moira Shire Council Mayor Peter Mansfield described the final petition tally in support of the green route as “terrific”.

“It has been a terrific effort from the people of Yarrawonga Mulwala and visitors,” he said.

“Special mention must go to Rob Purtle and John Lawless and all the volunteers who gave their time to get out and about talking to people about the green route and collecting signatures.”

John Lawless told the Yarrawonga Chronicle he was extremely happy with the result and confident the strong display of community support for the green route would have an impact on the final decision.

“This is what VicRoads asked us to do – show community support for the green route – and that’s what we’ve achieved,” he said.

“Collecting that many signatures in just 22 days is remarkable and a clear message that the majority of people want the green route.”

The petition will be delivered to Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy who told the Yarrawonga Chronicle he was happy to deliver the petition to Victorian Roads Minister Terry Mulder.

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