Wodonga Ratepayers' Association wants Junction Place administrator Places Victoria to back new tourist centre

Disappearing: Wodonga's visitor information centre in Hovell Street which will soon be closed by the council.

Disappearing: Wodonga's visitor information centre in Hovell Street which will soon be closed by the council.

THE Wodonga Ratepayers Association wants Places Victoria to have a tourist info centre and caravan parking in its Junction Place project.

The group’s president Ian Deegan said a meeting with Places Victoria was being sought through Benambra MLA Bill Tilley.

“We hope that are going to seriously look at putting a tourist information centre and caravan parking bays in,” Mr Deegan said.

“We’ve identified a site beside Petstock which would be a perfect place for them to be within a five-minute walk to anywhere in Wodonga.”

Mr Deegan said the association was also talking to a private land owner in the centre of Wodonga about the idea.

Mr Tilley confirmed he was trying to broker a meeting.

Wodonga Council voted 6-1 this week to close the Hovell Street visitor centre as soon as possible.

The site will be replaced with digital information terminals to be dotted across the city.

Mr Tilley was unwilling to say whether he thought the move was good or bad.

“It’s the business of council whether they fund or operate a visitor information centre,” he said.

Former visitor centre volunteer Maggie Reid, who quit in disgust at the council’s action, is sceptical of the electronic terminals.

“There’s only so much information these digital devices can provide people and they are so impersonal,” Ms Reid said.

“I just don’t think it will work.”

A date for shutting the centre, which is on a month-by-month lease, has not been determined.

Though councillors have been told if the landlord secures another tenant in the next 12 months an interim service may need to run from the city’s library before the digital terminals are launched.

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