Federation Council election ticket wants Lake Mulwala bridge route re-visited by new councillors

A TICKET contesting the Federation Council election will ask for a re-think on the preferred route for the replacement bridge between Mulwala and Yarrawonga.

UNITED STAND: Mulwala ticket members, from left, Robert Purtle, Bronwyn Thomas, Liz Seeliger, Peter Seeliger and Alan Bridges.

UNITED STAND: Mulwala ticket members, from left, Robert Purtle, Bronwyn Thomas, Liz Seeliger, Peter Seeliger and Alan Bridges.

The former Corowa Shire consistently advocated for the existing bridge alignment (grey route) to be maintained which was also the preferred option of VicRoads and NSW Roads and Maritime Services, but not the neighbouring Moira Shire.

The Mulwala election ticket pushing for the green route is is made up of Bronwyn Thomas, Peter and Liz Seeliger, Alan Bridges and Robert Purtle 

Mr Purtle is chairman of the Mulwala Progress Association which has been a long-time supporter of the green route located further west.

The Victorian Electoral Commission is conducting a plebiscite of Yarrawonga and district residents on their preferred bridge alignment with voting to take place next month before a result of the non-binding poll will be announced in October.

Ms Thomas said a newly formed council taking in the former Urana Shire was entitled to re-visit the bridge stance of the former Corowa council.

“The route chosen, preferably green, needs to allow movement of traffic through Mulwala with ease for both local and larger vehicles and farm equipment with a bypass of the main street along the railway line,” she said.

“Election day in Mulwala provides an opportunity for engagement on the issue.”

The ticket is also wanting wards created for the next Federation election to ensure the Urana area was guaranteed representation in future councils.

The electorate is presently undivided with no certainty anyone from Urana will be elected to the nine-member council after September 9 despite a 10-member ticket including Urana councillors Pat Bourke, John Doyle and Ian Kreutzberger.

Ms Thomas said Mulwala was also entitled to more council services starting with previous staffing levels at the council works depot being restored, increasing operating hours of the town’s waste transfer station and the civic centre being fully developed as a community hub.

The group is also pushing for better roads and infrastructure to be built in rural areas.

“We need to develop strategies to grow, maintain and sustain our rural communities,” she said.