A roads authority recommendation on the route for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge is on track to be made by the end of August – but it will not be made public.RACHEAL WILLETT August 26, 2014 3:51pm
VicRoads Regional Director Bryan Sherritt told the Yarrawonga Chronicle the roads authority recommendation would be made to the Victorian Roads Minister Terry Mulder for him to make a decision on the preferred route option.
The details of the VicRoads recommendation – whether it is grey, green or yellow – will not be revealed to the Yarrawonga Mulwala community.
Mr Sherritt said it would not be fair to the community for VicRoads and Maritime Services to pre-empt the decision of the Victorian and NSW governments.
Throughout several years of the Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge planning study and community consultation process VicRoads has said the culmination of the process would be a recommendation made to the state roads minister.
At no stage did VicRoads representatives say the recommendation would be made public and at no stage did they say it would not be made public.
“We will make a recommendation in the best interest of the long-term future of the Yarrawonga and Mulwala communities,” Mr Sherrit said.
“A decision will be made by VicRoads based on all of the information gathered to date and it is expected that we will make a recommendation for the Minister for Public Transport and Roads in September.
“As to when the minister will make a decision - that is yet to be determined.”
VicRoads has confirmed a meeting will be held on August 29 with representatives from both road authorities and Moira and Corowa shire councils and an invitation has been extended to Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy and Member for Albury Greg Aplin to attend.
Mr Sherritt said VicRoads would not be announcing any recommendation on the bridge route option at that meeting.
Mr McCurdy told the Yarrawonga Chronicle he was somewhat surprised the roads authority bridge route recommendation would not be made public.
“But I’ve never been involved in the process of building a bridge before and if that is part of the process then so be it,” he said.
“In terms of when a decision is made, it may well depend on whether the minister decides more information is needed or more work needs to be done to make a final decision.
“Obviously I would rather a decision be made sooner rather than later and once the minister has the information from VicRoads I’m sure he will listen to the views of the local member and the community before making a decision.”
Steven James Bradley found guilty of murdering Michelle Buckingham
With her effective left hand in particular, Chelsea Hanley retained the Victorian Under 17 junior welterweight title last Sunday with a convincing points decision victory.
It has been a successful year for Bega Cheese, which reflects on Tatura Milk Industries, with chair Barry Irvin announcing recently that Bega Cheese’s normalised earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation was $55.7 million and normalised profit after tax of $22 million.
STUNNING rare footage of brolga chicks in the wild has highlighted the importance of being able to deliver environmental water to a swamp near Dingee.
TIMMERING Holstein breeders Scott and Nirrelle Somerville are thrilled with the announcement of their Holstein cow Somerelle Leader Lassco as the 2015 Australian Cow of the Year.
Great Race helps a great cause
Hundreds flock to Avenel to learn a thing or three.
Tocumwal Lions Club has plans to purchase the Bowling Club site for an aged care facility, which will only happen if the merger between the Tocumwal bowls and golf clubs proceeds.
A NASTY run-in with a kangaroo on the Northern Hwy between Melbourne and Echuca has convinced one regular traveller on the road the question of a cull needs to be addressed.
Three Cobram teens have been arrested by police after they allegedly stole tractors from Cobram and Tocumwal and caused about $30 000 in damage.
Deniliquin footballers Will Shaw and Cooper Wallace (pictured) have gone head-to-head with the state’s best at the recent AFL NSW/ACT Joss Under-14 State Zone Trials in Albury.
The Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC) has acknowledged the completion of negotiations under the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), noting modest but important gains made for the Australian dairy industry in improving access to global markets.
Benalla banded together to raise $2000 for the Abolishing Injustice in the 21st Century (A21).
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.