A plea for Corowa Shire Council to change its mind and support the case for the green route bridge over Lake Mulwala rather than the grey route was made to council on Tuesday, January 21 by Mulwala Progress Association president Robert Purtle.ROBERT MUIR January 30, 2014 9:38am
But the address seemed to fall on deaf ears when no comment was made about the 10-minute address and no question was asked by any councillor or executive staff member.
"We noted and respected the Mulwala Progress Association presentation and await the decision by the decision makers," Corowa Shire Mayor Fred Longmire told the Yarrawonga Chronicle after the meeting.
The decision makers are the road authorities of the two states: VicRoads (Victoria) and Roads and Maritime Services (New South Wales) with an expected announcement in March.
"I think the decision will be known within six months," Cr Longmire said.
Mr Purtle expressed his disappointment and disgust with the mood of council in the Corowa Shire Civic Centre.
He told the Yarrawonga Chronicle: "I'm dumbfounded. It was a waste of time going up there."
The president told council it was important to accept that Mulwala and Yarrawonga are not just two towns but one community.
"We both need the bridge in the right place and I have over 200 signatures since Friday - they all want the green route," he said.
Mr Purtle advanced the following reasons for the green route:
* the future development of the towns and the flexibility to extend and alter the towns
* the shortest and most economical to build - the grey route may well take out landscaping and entrance to Capricorn Motel, ClubMulwala's entrance, two houses and the tourist centre
* as opposed to the grey route, no alterations to any business or housing and the bridge making its way to the old Yarrawonga Police Station which was purchased especially by VicRoads 10 years ago for this very reason
* the grey route would severely affect trade for businesses such as ClubMulwala - this is one of the largest employers in the two towns
*safety - the grey route is a very dangerous option coming into the main street of Yarrawonga, with more and more trucks coming through Mulwala carrying grain to Victorian bunkers
* the Mulwala explosives factory transports toxic liquids over the bridge and up the main street presenting a potential dangerous environmental situation.
"I want you to look at your own example with the Federation Bridge being constructed some five kilometres from the town," Mr Purtle told council.
"Just imagine if all the transports were coming down Sanger Street to get to Victoria. It would be chaos."
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