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ClubMulwala backs green

Selecting the grey route for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge could hinder opportunities for growth have a severe impact on the long term viability of ClubMulwala, according to Chairperson Brian Cossar and CEO Micheal Mullarvey.

RACHEAL WILLETT December 19, 2013 4:00pm

The debate surrounding the proposed route for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge has taken a turn with major player ClubMulwala, the largest hospitality employer in Yarrawonga-Mulwala, stepping out in favour of the green option.

The proposed green route is positioned to the immediate east of the weir bridge connecting to the old police station site in Irvine Parade in Yarrawonga and Gulai Road in Mulwala.

The grey option would sit directly alongside the existing traffic bridge, impacting directly on privately owned land at the front of ClubMulwala that is key to future development plans.

The club’s board of directors had until now been reluctant to publicly announce a preference out of the three shortlisted bridge routes, but Chairperson Brian Cossar said now the time was right.

“We didn’t want to say anything publicly one way or another because we didn’t want to influence the opinion of our members,” Mr Cossar said.

“However increasing speculation that the grey route may be selected meant the time was right to make it very clear that we are firmly in favour of the green route.”

ClubMulwala has participated in discussions with the NSW Roads and Maritime Services (formerly RTA) and VicRoads on the preferred route for the new crossing since 2010.

Chief Executive Officer Micheal Mullarvey said discussions with both roads authorities had seen negotiations take place surrounding entry and exits to ClubMulwala related specifically to the green route.

“On our meetings with both RTA and VicRoads our discussion and preferences have always been for a green route position,” Mr Mullarvey said.

Mr Mullarvey said focus on the green route had enabled ClubMulwala to look at both future development for accommodation (40 additional rooms) and proposed balcony deck at the entrance to the club.

He said both proposed developments partnered with ClubMulwala’s desire to create an open, alfresco resort in Mulwala.

In a letter sent to VicRoads, Corowa and Moira shires, state and federal members of parliament, Mr Mullarvey said “ClubMulwala wishes to raise its concerns that there is discussion at this stage regarding a possible grey route.

“At no stage have we had detailed discussions regarding a proposed grey route and the possible repercussions to these future proposed developments; the entrance into the club and the impact on our Return Services League Memorial Wall.

“ClubMulwala wish to stress in the strongest possible form that for the future development of ClubMulwala, that serious consideration is given to our future, our 150 employees and the community involvement in our club has in our twin towns.

“Any adverse effect to the opportunities to develop and hinder opportunities for growth will create a severe impact on the long term viability of our business.”

There are three shortlisted bridge options still being considered; the green and grey and finally the yellow route which would be positioned to the west of the traffic bridge connecting to Irvine Parade at Hovel Street and Melbourne Street in Mulwala.

The culmination of the Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge planning study, conducted by VicRoads and RMS, is expected to deliver a decision on the preferred location of the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge in 2014.

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