As a decision on the route for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge draws inevitably closer, the Yarrawonga Chronicle continues to receive input from community groups and organisations on their preferred option. This week we feature two letters of support for the green route from Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism and the Yarrawonga Mulwala Chamber of Commerce. YMT President Doug Evans and Chamber President Andrew Brown, pictured with Mulwala Progress Association President Rob Purtle, are adamant the green route is the best choice for the long-term development of both towns. Read their letters to find out why they believe green is the only way to go.RACHEAL WILLETT January 14, 2014 2:45pm
YMT support for green route
As President of Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism I read the ClubMulwala bridge crossing article in the 25 December edition of the Yarrawonga Chronicle with much interest.
I laud ClubMulwala for their public support for the green route option. It’s great to see the futuristic thinking of the ClubMulwala board, however, it is also very apparent from the article the Club Mulwala position has been well known and documented with all the relevant authorities since 2010.
ClubMulwala President Mr Brian Cossar and CEO Mr Micheal Mullarvey highlighted in the article that the grey route would not only hinder any development but would also have a severe impact on the long term viability of ClubMulwala.
The development of the proposed waterfront area in Mulwala with additional accommodation and a landmark alfresco resort-style development will further enhance Yarrawonga Mulwala as a tourist destination along the Murray River.
Such a development would be a welcome project to the local construction industry by creating numerous jobs. In addition, the development would create long term employment opportunities for many locals within the ClubMulwala framework in our developing tourist industry.
The question must be asked - was Corowa Shire fully aware of ClubMulwala’s position when making their preferred choice of the grey route?
ClubMulwala currently has a work force in excess of 150 locals. Anything that would thwart the above project and place in jeopardy the largest hospitality employer in Yarrawonga Mulwala needs a serious rethink and I would implore the Corowa Shire to reconsider it’s position.
This type of economic contribution to the communities of Yarrawonga and Mulwala is too significant to be ignored. We need, as a community, to proactively support positive tourism developments.
The Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism Board resolved unanimously at the board meeting on 15 May, 2013 to recommend the Green optionas the preferred option for tourism.
Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism has 230 member businesses in Yarrawonga Mulwala that were circulated the bridge options prior to the board’s final recommendation.
Tourism is a significant contributor to the local economy. This fact has been highlighted over the past couple of months with the Yarrawonga Mulwala Multi Sport Festival, the Melbourne Cup Weekend, the Lake Mulwala Rod Run, the Cod Classic Fishing Competition the Sun Country Men’s Summer Triples Bowls and the recent Rodeo among others.
The Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism Board believes that to foster further growth in tourism we all need to ensure that Yarrawonga Mulwala has the infrastructure in place to encourage tourism and not scar our major tourism attraction, Lake Mulwala.
We all acknowledge that the infrastructure, while a requirement of development, does not need to impede the beauty of our tourist towns.
President Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism Board
Chamber backs green
As President of Yarrawonga Mulwala Chamber of Commerce, I read the ClubMulwala bridge crossing article in the 25th December edition of the Yarrawonga Chronicle and was dismayed that the grey route for the bridge crossing may still possibly be selected.
The Chamber has always backed the green B bridge option because it is the cheapest option, the most direct route across the lake, has the least impact on residents on both sides of the river and offers the greatest flexibility for both towns to have the traffic flow through each town without trucks trundling down the main streets.
Green B also offers the greatest flexibility for effective town planning for the future…even beyond the next hundred years because there will never be a need to redirect traffic flow (if the main thoroughfare was to continue to follow the train line beyond Bailey Street, through to Tocumwal Road on the Mulwala side).
This route is an effective “bypass” of both town centres which ensures each town can have main street economic stability, higher pedestrian safety, a village atmosphere and no trucks.
It also maximises that the beauty of the lake which is the major tourist drawcard to our region.
We are not the only interested parties holding this view of both our town’s future.
Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism and the Mulwala Progress Association both have stated their preference for this bridge option because they believe the future economic growth and viability of our towns depends on the selection of the best bridge option. We agree.
This is a major piece of infrastructure that has to be built in the next six years and we are still caught up in the first stages of the process.
It’s time to make the bridge choice decision and move forward.
President of Yarrawonga Mulwala Chamber of Commerce
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