City happy to negotiate rezoning of railway land

THE Wodonga Council will negotiate with VicTrack and the Victorian government about rezoning two parcels of land before they are sold on the open market.

Councillors last night unanimously backed a plan to amend zoning of former VicTrack railway land from public use to industrial.

The move would allow private development.

The amendment will now go on public exhibition for comment.

The council also agreed to negotiate with VicTrack for some land that would allow it to extend Havelock Street from Elgin Boulevard to Osburn Street and South Street from Hovell Street to Havelock Street. The extension would improve north-south traffic flow.

Cr Eric Kerr said extending Havelock Street was important for the city because it would complement roadworks already being done in the street.

“The community has taken well to the roadworks,” he said.

“It’s been done in a fantastic, timely matter and this is the final process.”

After the realignment of the Melbourne-to-Sydney railway line around Wodonga and the removal of rail infrastructure in central Wodonga, VicTrack last year asked the council to rezone parcels of railway land so they could be sold.