A misconception that selection of the grey route for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge will force more trucks down Belmore Street is driving community unease, according to Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy.RACHEAL WILLETT February 11, 2014 3:36pm
Mr McCurdy, who reiterated he was not in favour of any particular route and could see merit in both the favoured green and grey options, said he was receiving regular telephone calls from worried Yarrawonga residents.
“People are calling my office and saying that they don’t want the grey route because they don’t want all the trucks heading down Belmore Street,” Mr McCurdy said.
“The thing is, the grey route allows for those heavy vehicles to divert from Belmore Street, around Irvine Parade, to head toward the highway via Burley Road or through railway land.
“On the other hand, people are also not considering that should the green route be selected the traffic from the bridge has to find a way to get back to Belmore Street.
“That in turn means congestion along connecting residential streets such as Irvine Parade, Piper Street and McNally Street – which may not be ideal in the view of some people.
“In both situations the flow of traffic has to be carefully considered and understood before a properly informed decision can be made.”
Mr McCurdy met with VicRoads North Eastern Regional Director Bryan Sherritt recently to discuss the bridge route options.
“VicRoads have said they don’t want to put a bridge where no-one wants it,” Mr McCurdy said.
“They are going to meet with Moira Shire Council later this month and following that meet with community interest groups to ensure all the information regarding traffic flow is clear.
“I’m just saying it is important that a decision is made but I think everyone needs to draw breath and slow down for a moment so all the information can be considered and everyone is informed.
“If everyone can agree then great – we make a decision in a couple of months – if not and there is still angst then I think it is worth waiting a bit longer.”
The new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge, which is estimated to cost around $90 million, is set to be funded by the NSW, Victorian and Federal governments.
“The Victorian side and all the lead up to the bridge will be funded through VicRoads and the same will happen on the NSW side the RMS with the actual bridge crossing itself to be funded by the Federal Government,” Mr McCurdy said.
“There is no opportunity for the Federal funding available until 2019 to 2024 because all projects up to that point have already been decided.
“That means we have time to get it right.
“I’m not saying go into hibernation and forget about it for a few years, because once we have a chosen route we can set the planning wheels in motion, I’m just saying there isn’t some sense of urgency to rush into a choice.”
Relay For Life participants took to Shepparton's Princess Park at the weekend to raise funds for the fight against cancer, support those battling the disease and remember those who have lost their fight.
Fine weather and a strong number of athlete registrations will ensure this weekend’s Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival is another huge success.
The fifth annual King Billy Retreat Open Garden Party will be held at Rushworth on Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, from 10 am to 4 pm.
To celebrate National Children’s Week Campaspe shire is hosting an activities day at Apex Park tomorrow with groups providing interesting activities for babies through to kinder aged children.
Maribeth, Angelica, Faye and Reynaldo Dipasupil have become Australian citizens at a ceremony in Echuca recently.
KCLC supported Southern Processing win award
Members celebrate over the weekend.
Berrigan Shire was this week approved for a low interest loan from the state government to undertake flood mitigation works.
Frank Hill is thrilled with his repaired 1948 grey Fergie.
A part of motorsport history comes to Cobram, with local business performing a full restoration of Jack Brabham’s championship F2 BT18.
Sunny skies for Deniliquin Caulfield Cup Day race meet.
NSW has announced an increase in water allocations for Murray and Murrumbidgee irrigators.
Lions Benalla donates $1200 to buy a bar code reader for Lorraine Billman who will soon be able to go shopping without her husband.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
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.