Yarrawonga-Mulwala bridge protest to be heard

MULWALA Progress Association has been granted a hearing with Corowa Shire to air its mounting opposition to the council’s preferred route for the replacement Yarrawonga-Mulwala bridge due to be completed in 2020.

Association president Robert Purtle will address the council’s first meeting of the year tomorrow and also plans to table a petition opposing council’s desire for the “grey” option of the new $90 million bridge being built next to the existing one.

The association is backing the “green” route located near the weir bridge which will be closed by the Murray Darling Basin Authority.

The “green” route has also been supported by Moira Council and one of Mulwla’s biggest employers, Club Mulwala.

Mr Purtle said the opposition to the “grey” route was building.

“There is not one person who I have spoken to who wants the grey route,” he said.

“They can’t understand what the Corowa Shire is even thinking.

“Why are they opposing what the ratepayers and residents of Mulwala want?

“They are the people who should know best.”

The “grey” route follows the Melbourne Street alignment in Mulwala before traffic is diverted away from Belmore Street in Yarrawonga and along Irvine Parade.

The “green” option will cause the least disruption to waterfront property owners in Yarrawonga’s Irvine Parade.

Corowa Council re-affirmed its support for the “grey” route last September which was before Moira publicly stated its support for the “green” route.

Corowa mayor Fred Longmire said the council would listen to the association’s view, but doubted it would change its mind with an announcement on the preferred route due in the first half of the year.

“We stated our position before the new council came in,” he said.

“Council has stuck to its guns and what we believe was best for the Mulwala community.”

“It was only arrived from the information that kept coming toward us; most of that came from the community consultation that was done.

“Unless there is something profound we have missed, council at this point in time won’t be changing its stance.”

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