BORDER historian Bruce Pennay fears the hyphen in Albury-Wodonga is in danger of dying.
He yesterday said the cities’ councils were increasingly going their own way and promoting themselves as individual councils.
“Albury-Wodonga has a lot more power than just Wodonga or Albury,” Dr Pennay said.
He said the councils should redouble efforts to promote the one-city concept initiated by former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in 1973.
Mr Whitlam envisaged a population of 300,000 by 2000, making it a rival city in size to Canberra.
Dr Pennay said there was still potential for Albury-Wodonga to grow to a population of 300,000.
“The councils just have to work together and then they can get the next level of government involved,” he said.
“If that happens, the project might slowly start again.”
Dr Pennay will speak at the Write Around the Murray festival about how the Albury-Wodonga hyphen is not just any old hyphen.
He will show in pictures how Albury-Wodonga exists together and apart.
Dr Pennay said he wanted to show young writers how images can greatly add to telling a story.
He will talk at Albury’s LibraryMuseum at 2pm on September 8.