More than 2200 people have signed up to show their support for a campaign to have the green route chosen for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.RACHEAL WILLETT April 16, 2014 10:49am
The petition, launched a week ago by the Green Route Community Group, aims to show that the majority of residents and visitors to Yarrawonga Mulwala support the selection of the green route over the other shortlisted grey and yellow routes.
Group member John Lawless told the Chronicle he was pleased with the response so far and confident the target of 5000 signatures could be reached over the busy Easter weekend and before the petition closes at the end of the month.
He said response to the petition had been 80-85% positive and the campaign for signatures would continue this weekend at local football matches and businesses including Woolworths, Permewans, Ampol Benalla Road, Ampol McDonald’s, McBurnie Engineering, Middendorps, Yarrawonga Newsagency, Bi-Rite, ClubMulwala, Mulwala Water Ski Club, Central Motel, Woolworths, Yarrawonga Football Netball Club, Vodusek Meats, the Criterion Hotel, Rivers and Courtyard Café.
Once completed the petition will be forwarded to the roads authorities and relevant government representatives as part of the group’s targeted campaign to have the green route selected and, by association, increase the chance of retaining the existing Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.
The route options for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala crossing have been narrowed to three – yellow, green and grey.
Of those options, the green – which runs alongside the existing weir crossing and the grey – which would sit immediately beside the existing ‘traffic’ bridge, have been touted as the most likely prospects.
The Green Route Community Group has been formed with representatives from YMT, Moira Shire Council, the Mulwala Progress Association and the Yarrawonga Mulwala Chamber of Commerce as well as concerned community members to campaign for selection of the green route.
The campaign also has the support of major business representatives including ClubMulwala and the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort.
VicRoads and the NSW Roads and Maritime Services are expected to deliver a decision on the chosen bridge route by mid-2014.
Anyone who would like more information on the Green Route Community Group and the Vote Green campaign can contact John Lawless on 0417 799 516 or 5744 1823.
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